July 20–29, 2020


University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado




Welcome to Colorado International
Piano Academy & Festival

Hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of Northern Colorado, CIPAF will present a full week of world-class pianists and pedagogues in a series of concerts, Master Classes, presentations and lectures. Students will receive an encouraging and supportive learning experience by engaging in a variety of performance opportunities including concerts, open masterclasses, and the CIPAF Competition. The festival will culminate in seven nights of astounding performances, featuring our world-renowned guest artists and faculty from schools such as The Julliard School, Germany Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, China Conservatory of Music, and Korea Seoul National University. All concerts are open to the public, and the student and CIPAF Winner’s Recitals are free. 


I welcome you to this celebration of great music, inspiration, and culture through the CIPAF experience.

Artistic Director, Lei Weng

Faculty and Guest Artists

Jerome Lowenthal (USA)

The Juilliard School

Ralf Nattkemper (Germany)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg

Michael Chertock (USA)     

University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music

Joseph Rackers (USA)

Eastman School of Music 

Aviram Reichert (Israel)

Seoul National University

Hyesoo Jeon (South Korea)

Sookmyung Women's University

    Lei Weng (China)     

University of Northern Colorado 

Frank Weinstock (USA)

University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music

Marina Lomazov (Ukraine-USA)    Eastman School of Music 

Guan Changxin (China)

China Conservatory of Music

Jia Lliu (China/Singapore)     

National University of Singapore

Xiao Hu (China)

Luther College in Iowa

The Piano Collective (USA/China)

Cao Hui (Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing) & Michelle Yip (Western Academy of Beijing) 

Jinha Park (South Korea)

Kirov Academy of Washington DC

Westhuizen Duo (USA) 

Pierre & Sophié van der Westhuizen

DieYi Piano Duo (China)

Li Shiwei & Dong Haizhu

(Shanghai Conservatory of Music)


Artistic Director: Lei Weng (English, Chinese)

Associate Director: Jinha Park (English, Korean)

Grand Piano