Steinway Artist, Dr. Lei Weng enjoys a successful international career as an accomplished pianist, a dedicated teacher, and a sought-after adjudicator and clinician. Hailed as “a colorist of exemplary control” by the New York Concert Review for his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, he has performed at many prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Chicago Culture Center, National Concert Hall and Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Taiwan, Banff Center in Canada, Campana Theater in Italy, Peterskirche in Vienna, Singapore National University, and major venues throughout China. He has been invited to perform and teach at such music festivals as Tanglewood Music Festival, TCU Cliburn Institute, Messiaen Festival, Music Fest Perugia (Italy), Vianden Festival (Luxemburg), and Breckenridge Music Festival. As a frequent concerto soloist, he has appeared with more than thirty orchestras across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is the Keyboard Area Head at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was recognized as the “College of Performing and Visual Arts Scholar of the Year” in 2014. He has been frequently invited as guest professor by major conservatories in Asia, such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His students have won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions, and have been admitted into such top schools as Julliard, Eastman, Peabody, Cleveland, New England, Cincinnati, Oberlin, and Manhattan. Weng is the also Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy, an intensive two-week summer piano program that takes place annually on the UNC Campus.
Dr. Weng has served on jury panels of many national and international piano competitions across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Hong Kong International Music Competition, “Nuova Coppa Pianisti” International Piano Competition, China National Piano Competition, Mexico “Parnassus” National Piano Competition, and MTNA Competitions. He is the Chairman of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Foundation’s Keyboard Scholarships.