Area Head, Keyboard Area
Collaborative Piano Coordinator
Associate Professor of Music
Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “a colorist of exemplary control” and “displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with its delicate moments” by the New York Concert Review for his double sold-out Carnegie Hall concerts. He has performed in such prestigious venues around the world as the Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Beijing Music Hall, Taichung Concert Hall, Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Canada’s Banff Center, Italy’s Campana Theater, as well as the Tanglewood Music Festival. Messiaen Festival and Breckenridge Music Festival.
As a frequent orchestral soloist, Weng has performed with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Kentucky, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, as well as the China National Symphony and Chorus, Taiwan National Taitung University Symphony, UNC Symphony Orchestra and UNC Wind Ensemble. This season, he will perform with the Symphony Orchestras of Longmont, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Tianjin (China), Gimhae (Korea), Marchigiana (Italy) and Breckenridge Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Weng’s students have won First Prizes in numerous national and international competitions including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, MTNA Regional and Colorado State Competition, CSMTA SPA Competition, Steinway Competition, Yamaha Competition, and Boulder Philharmonic Competition. His students have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Students of Weng have been admitted into such prestigious music schools as the Juilliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati, and Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Weng is also a frequent guest professor at major conservatories in China, Taiwan and Korea.
Dr. Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and B.M. from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren.