Luther College to host pianist Lei Weng
April 23, 2019
Steinway artist, frequent concert soloist, avid chamber music performer and dedicated educator, Lei Weng will come to perform at Luther College. He will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jensen Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge of admission.
Weng’s performance will include Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 followed by a short intermission. The intermission will be followed by Frederic Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 and George Gershwin’s “Three Preludes.”
Weng enjoys a successful international career as an accomplished pianist, teacher and sought-after adjudicator and clinician. He has been hailed as “a colorist of exemplary control” by the New York Concert Review for his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut and has performed at a number of prestigious venues around the world. Weng has been invited to perform and teach at a variety of music festivals including Tanglewood Music Festival, Saarburg Festival, Breckenridge Festival. As a frequent soloist and avid chamber performer, Weng has worked with several well-known conductors, such as Gerhardt Zimmerman, Steven Smith and many others.
Currently, Weng serves as the Keyboard Area Head at the University of Northern Colorado, where he recieved the 2015 College of Performing and Visual Arts Scholar of the Year Award. Weng has been invited to serve as a guest professor by major conservatories around the world, including the Royal College of Music in the UK, China Central Conservatory and many universities in the United States. He is the founder and director of the Colorado International Piano Academy and Colorado Piano Festival, two intensive summer piano programs that take place annually at UNC.
Weng has a Bachelor of Music from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.