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ABOUT US

Hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of Northern Colorado and set against the backdrop of the stunning Rocky Mountains, the Colorado International Piano Academy & Festival (CIPAF) promises a full week of exceptional musical experiences, bringing together world-class pianists and renowned pedagogues for an immersive event encompassing concerts, open masterclasses, presentations, and lectures. CIPAF Students will embark on an inspirational and nurturing learning journey as they actively participate in a diverse range of performance opportunities, including concerts, masterclasses, and the CIPAF International Competition.

The festival will reach its pinnacle with several evenings of breathtaking performances, showcasing our internationally acclaimed guest artists and distinguished faculty representing prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School and the China Conservatory of Music.

 

We warmly invite our local communities in the Northern Colorado region, as well as the general public, to join us for all of our open events and concerts. Once again, I extend a heartfelt welcome to you to join us in this celebration of great music, inspiration, and community through the CIPAF experience.

Lei Weng

CIPAF Founder and Director

FESTIVAL TEAM

FACULTY & GUEST ARTISTS  

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Lei Weng

CIPAF Founder

Artistic Director

 

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, China’s National Center for Performing Arts, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall and Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Banff Center in Canada, Peterskirche in Vienna, Basilica di San Pietro in Italy, London’s Royal College of Music, Singapore National University, and major universities and conservatories 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 such conductors as Gerhardt Zimmerman, Steven Smith, Uri Segal, Robert Olson, Geoffrey Simon, Lingfen Wu, Yang Yang, Glen Cortese, Wes Kenney, and with more than thirty orchestras across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including the Symphony Orchestras of Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Beijing, Tianjin, Gimhae (Korea), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Alicante (Spain), as well as China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Breckinridge Music Festival Orchestra. As an avid chamber music performer, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley in Sarasota Music Festival, with the Associate
Concertmaster of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stephanie Jeong and Cleveland Institute of Music Cavani Quartet cellist Siyan Li in Rocky Ridge Music Festival, and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Nathan Olson and the Naumburg First Prize Winner cellist David Requiro in the Breckenridge Music Festival. He has also studied and worked closely with musicians such as Emmanuel Ax, Jerome Lowenthal, James Tocco, Co-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, Dawn Upshaw and Lucy Shelton.


A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is the Keyboard Area Head at the University of Northern Colorado , where he was the recipient of the “College of Performing and Visual Arts Scholar of the Year”. He has been frequently invited as guest professor by major conservatories in Asia, such as China Central Conservatory and Shanghai Conservatory, and Taiwan National Normal University. 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 and Colorado Piano Festival , two intensive summer piano programs that take place annually on the UNC Campus. Dr. Weng has been invited to serve on jury panels of many national and international piano competitions around the world, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, International Rachmaninoff Piano Competition in Moscow (2020), 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 the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Keyboard Scholarships.

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Jinha Park

Associate Director

“Pianist Jinha Park demonstrated ample dexterity, velocity, and accuracy in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F Minor.” – San Antonio Express-News

Jinha Park stands today on the brink of a significant career as a concert pianist, shaped by a journey spanning three decades and enriched by a mosaic of global experiences. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the cultural landscapes of Baltimore and Paris, her transformative path has been marked by relentless dedication and diverse encounters.

Commencing her piano studies at the tender age of six, Dr. Park made her public debut at fourteen with the Sunha Arts Orchestra. Her arts-based education commenced at Seoul National University in South Korea and culminated at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory in the U.S. Guided by teachers including Marina Lomazov, Marian Hahn, Philippe Entremont, and others, she also studied under the tutelage of renowned pianists such as Yong-Hi Moon, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Ann Schein, John Perry, and Leon Fleisher.

A laureate of competitions, Dr. Park’s journey has been adorned with victories in the Vienna Allegro Vivo International Chamber Music Competition, Burgos International Music Competition, Baltimore Music Competition, and the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) competition. Noteworthy engagements include performances with the Virtuoso Brunesis Orchestra (Italy), Vienna CMS Chamber Orchestra, Festival Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Oltenia Symphony Orchestra (Romania), Alicante Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Romanian Timisoara Orchestra (Romania), and performances across Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Korea, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and major cities in the United States.

Dr. Park has contributed her discerning expertise as a jury member at international competitions, including the International Youth Competition’ A Step Towards Mastery’ in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the ICA International Piano Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Virginia Queen Piano Competition in the U.S., the New York Musicians Club in the Seoul International Piano Competition, the Sunhwa Piano Competition in Seoul, and the OMTA (Oregon Music Teachers Association) Classical Music Competition in Portland. Additionally, she has lent her discerning insights to the Kirov International Music Competition in Washington, D.C., and the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition.

Beyond the spotlight, Dr. Park’s commitment to education and artistic leadership shines through. She has served as the Director of the Music Fest Perugia in Seoul and on the faculty of the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, Summit Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, Triumph International Music Festival, Portland Classical Festival, Ouachita International Keyboard Music Festival, Washington International Piano Festival, and Costa Rica International Music Festival.

Her teaching roles include positions at the University of Maryland University College, August State University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Sunhwa Arts Performing Arts High School, and Kirov Academy of Washington, D.C. Currently, Dr. Park holds the position of Associate Director at the Colorado International Piano Academy and Festival, Chair of the YMIC Virtuoso International Music Competition (U.S.), and U.S. Associate Director of the Amigdala International Music Competition (Italy). Her role as Department Manager and Piano Faculty at Levine Music adds a harmonious note to her illustrious career.

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Reginald Winters

Executive Director

Reginald ("Reggie") Winters is an active pianist, harpsichordist, educator, and arts administrator based out of Greeley, Colorado. As a performer, Reggie has become a highly sought after collaborator. He currently serves as a Collaborative Piano Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where he assists with courses in the Voice Area. He has previously served as an orchestral pianist for the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra and for the chamber orchestra Ensemble Bravura.

 

As a harpsichordist, Reggie serves as the basso continuo for the URSA Early Music Consort at the University of Northern Colorado. His most recent concert engagement includes a performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050, in collaboration with violinist Dr. Jubal Fulks and flutist Dr. James Hall. He is currently in the harpsichord studio of Professor Debra Throgmorton at the University of Northern Colorado.

 

As an active arts administrator, Reggie currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy & Festival. He additionally serves as the Artistic Co-Director and Director of Chamber Music of Beethoven in the Rockies: Concert Series, Executive Administrator and Social Media Coordinator of the annual Orvieto Musica Summer Music Festival (Orvieto, Italy), and is on the team of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.  He served as the Production Assistant on the album “Finding Home” (SONY) produced by Grammy-winning Producer Michael Fine and featuring Maestro Philip Mann with Ensemble Bravura. While completing his studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, Reggie served as a full-time teacher and administrative assistant at The Music Studio Lubbock where he maintained a large piano studio. He is currently a Graduate Assistant in the UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts Admissions Office.

 

Reggie completed the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Texas Tech University and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. He will continue his studies at the University of Northern Colorado this Fall where he will begin working toward the Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Performance. His principal teachers include Drs. Tatiana Roitman Mann and Lei Weng.

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Qingrui Li

Executive Administrator

Qingrui Li is a pianist, harpsichordist, and collaborator. Born and raised in China, she began her piano training at age of four under the guidance of Pingguo Zhao, one of the most renowned piano educators in China. Since 2012, she has frequently performed as a recitalist, harpsichordist, concerto soloist in the United States, Europe, and China. Ms. Li has performed as soloist with the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra in Perugia, Italy, performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22. 

 

As a promoter of early music, Ms. Li has given several solo and chamber concerts. She has also been invited to perform as a harpsichordist, collaborating with a French Recorder artist in early music concerts in Denver. She has additionally served as collaborative pianist in classical and contemporary opera productions in alongside American opera artist Brain Luedloff, conductor Russell Guyver, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra.

 

Ms. Li earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the China Conservatory of Music. She holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently completing the Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado with a secondary emphasis in Harpsichord Performance. Her education has been enriched by guidance from esteemed professors including Professors Lei Weng, Debra Throgmorton, Adam Zukiewicz, Changxin Guan, Tamas Ungar, and Philip Edward Fisher.

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Alejandro Arroyo Alberto

Manager

Born in El Salvador, Alejandro is currently pursuing his D.A. in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, where he studies with Dr. Lei Weng. Previously, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with honors from the University of Costa Rica and a Master's Degree from UNC. Alejandro debuted as a soloist at age twelve with the El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, Carthage Symphony Orchestra, the Central Texas Philarmonic, and UNC's Symphony Orchestra.

 

His prizes include First Prize at the Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Central and South America (Peru, 2020); First Prize at the Young Artist Piano MTNA Colorado State Competition (2020 and 2021); Commissioned Piece Award and finalist at the Texas State International Piano Competition (2022); and First Prize at the Southard Competition (2023). Alejandro volunteers as a teacher for UNC's Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter, and in 2022, he served as an adjudicator for the 5th Youth Piano Competition and Festival, sponsored by the MTNA-UNC Collegiate Chapter.

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Xiaoqing Lu

Manager

Xiaoqing (Lucy) Lu is a distinguished pianist, teacher, and collaborator currently based in Greeley, Colorado. Her musical journey began in high school at the affiliated secondary school of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, where she specialized in Piano Performance. She continued her education at Guangxi Normal University and completed the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. During her undergraduate years, she served as the Principal Keyboardist of the Guangxi Normal University Symphony Orchestra.

 

Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Lu moved to the United States to continue her graduate studies and musical education. She earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma City, where she studied under the mentorship of Dr. Sergio Monteiro, a former student of the legendary pianist Martha Argerich. Ms. Lu is currently pursuing the Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Performance with a secondary emphasis in Collaborative Piano at the University of Northern Colorado under the esteemed guidance of Dr. Lei Weng.  

 

An advocate of keyboard versatility as a performer, Ms. Lu has also received collaborative piano coaching from Dr. Joe McAllister, harpsichord coaching from Professor Debra Throgmorton, and completed organ studies with Dr. Melissa Plamann.

 

Ms. Lu has attended many international piano competitions, and was awarded First Prize at the prestigious China International Piano Competition and secured the Second Prize in the 2nd Annual IAC International Piano Festival & Competition. She was also a winner of the 2020 University of Oklahoma City Concerto Competition.

 

As she continues to evolve as an artist, Ms. Lu remains committed to musical excellence, enchanting audiences with her heartfelt interpretations and demonstrating her artistic depth and maturity both in the United States and abroad.

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Yuelu Cui

Manager

Yuelu (Evelyn) Cui is in high demand as a pianist and collaborator in Greeley, Colorado, where she is currently based. She began her formal musical training at the age of five with Professor Zhensheng Huang at the Bengbu College in her home province of Anhui, China. She continued her musical education with Professor Huang at Bengbu No. 2 Middle School and throughout her high school years. Ms. Cui continued her education at South China Normal University in Guangzhou City, Guangdong, where she was ranked first place in the 2013 incoming class. She completed the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at South China Normal University where she studied with Professor Xiying Huang. 

 

Ms. Cui continued her graduate studies and musical education in the United States at the University of Texas-El Paso where she completed the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Oscar Macchioni. During her Master’s degree she was invited to perform both solo piano and chamber music recitals in Hull, England and Paris, France. She also served as the Assistant Music Director of Grace Chinese Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas. 

 

Currently, Ms. Cui is completing the Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado where she is pursing a secondary emphasis in Collaborative Piano Performance. She is in the piano studio of Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng, Head of the Keyboard Area at the University of Northern Colorado. She has received additional coaching and trainings in collaborative piano from Dr. Edward Rothmel and Dr. Joe McAllister. Always aiming to achieve versatility as a performer, she also studied harpsichord with Professor Debra Throgmorton during her doctoral studies. She currently serves as the Music Director of Faith Church in Windsor, Colorado.

 

A winner of many international piano competitions, Ms. Cui earned Silver Prize at the 2016 Odyssey International Piano Competition (Professional Youth Group A), Third Prize at the 2nd Annual Yamaha National Piano Competition (University/Professional Group), and First Prize at the Hong Kong International Invitational Competition (Youth Group). Ms. Cui has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra in Perugia, Italy, in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25. 

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