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Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.” Regarding his return to Carnegie Hall two months later by immediate re-invitation, New York Concert Reviews remarked, “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.” Dr. Weng has performed at many prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York; Phillips Collections in Washington, D.C.; Chicago Culture Center; Beijing Music Hall; Taichung National Symphony Hall and Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Taiwan; Banff Center in Canada; Campana Theater in Italy; the Tanglewood Music Festival; the TCU Cliburn Institute; and the Messiaen Festival. As a frequent orchestral soloist, Dr. Weng has appeared with orchestras in Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, as well as National Taitung University Symphony, and China National Symphony and Chorus. A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is the Keyboard Area Head and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches talented students from around the world. He is frequently invited as guest professor by such prestigious conservatories in Asia as Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory in Beijing, Taipei National University of Education and National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan, and Chung-Ang University in Korea. Dr. Weng has adjudicated numerous national and international competitions in the U.S. and around the world. 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, 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 received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and his B.M. in piano performance from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren. Dr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy (CIPA) at the University of Northern Colorado and Founder and Director (2008-2011) of the Colorado Piano Festival at UNC. Dr. Weng is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation.