International Piano Academy at UNC to Include Free Performances

The University of Northern Colorado's School of Music will host the second annual Colorado International Piano Academy July 23-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, faculty and students are free.

Faculty and guest artists include Nelita True, distinguished professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester; Pierre van der Weithuizen, pianist and director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition; Theresa Bogard, professor of piano at the University of Wyoming; Dahye Choi, piano professor at Seoul National University and Chung-Ang University in South Korea; Sebastian Di Bin, concert pianist from Italy; Changxin Guan, professor of piano at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing; and Lei Weng, assistant professor piano at UNC and organizer of the academy.

The students, who are individually selected from among China's most talented young pianists, range in age from 11 to 24.

Highlights of the two-week camp will include guest artist recitals by Choi on July 2, Westhuizen and his wife, Sophia on July 25 and Di Bin on July 28; CIPA faculty recitals and a "Rising Star" recital on July 26 featuring Kevin Ahfat, a gifted young pianist from Denver. Winners of the academy's student competition also will be showcased in a recital on July 30.

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

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