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Dr. Lei Weng: UNC Music Faculty


Area Head, Keyboard

Associate Professor of Music, Piano

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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 sold-out Carnegie Hall debut. He has performed in such venues around the world as the Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Beijing Music Hall, Taichung Concert Hall, Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Canada’s Banff Center, Italy’s Campana Theater, Vienna’s Peterskirche, as well as music festivals including Tanglewood, Messiaen, Sarasota, Rocky Ridge, Breckenridge, and Cliburn Institute. As a frequent orchestral soloist, Weng has performed with orchestras in Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Kentucky, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao (China), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Gimhae (Korea), as well as the China National Symphony and Chorus, Taiwan National Taitung University Symphony, UNC Symphony Orchestra and UNC Wind Ensemble.

His upcoming engagements include recitals in London’s Royal Academy of Music, Singapore’s National University, Cleveland International Piano Competition Artist Series, tour of Asia and Europe, as well as concerts with the orchestras of Greeley, Xianmen, Tianjin (China), and Marchigiana (Italy).

Dr. Weng is the Keyboard Area Head and Collaborative Piano Program Coordinator at the UNC. He is the recipient of UNC’s 2014 “CPVA Scholar of the Year”. Weng’s students have won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions and have performed with the Colorado Symphony, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. His students 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 Asia and Europe.

Dr. Weng has served in jury panels in many national and international piano competitions across Asia, Europe and the US. He will be judging the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2015. Dr. Weng also serves as the Chairman of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Foundation’s Keyboard Scholarships.

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.

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Listen to Dr. Lei Weng

F. Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op 35. I Grave – Doppio movimento (Live Concert Recording)

M. Ravel: Scarbo, from Gaspard de la Nuit (Live Concert Recording).

S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor. Op. 30. III Finale: Alla breve (Live Concert Recording).