International Piano Academy at UNC to Include Free Performances

The University of Northern Colorado's School of Music will host the third annual Colorado International Piano Academy July 20-Aug. 3, featuring world-renowned pianists and piano teachers from top music schools in the U.S., Asia and Europe presenting concerts, master classes and lectures.

Public performances by academy guest artists and faculty include:

  • Wednesday, July 24 - Faculty Joint Concert: "Homage to Rachmaninoff" featuring Changxin Guan, professor of piano at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing; Stephen Pierce, assistant professor piano at UNC; Lei Weng, professor of piano at UNC and organizer of the academy; and guest performer Xiaoxue Hu.
  • Sunday, July 28 - Guest Artist Concert: Lorenzo Di Bella, winner of the 2005 Horowitz International Piano Competition and numerous other international competitions.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1 - Guest Artist Concert: Meng-Chieh Liu, winner of the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions, and a member of the faculty at Roosevelt University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

All three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall, intersection of 8th Avenue and 17 Street.

Adult tickets are $10 for each concert. A pass for all three is available for $20. Non-UNC students, anyone under 18 and those over 60 pay $5 per concert. Tickets for UNC students and employees with current UNC identification are free. Tickets include a post-concert reception.

Tickets are available through the UNC Ticket Office, 351-4849 or, or at the concert, space permitting.

The academy also includes two free concerts by students from notable music programs such as Juilliard, Oberlin College, the University of Colorado, UNC and eight Asian conservatories and universities.

A complete schedule and additional information is available at the academy's website.