Piano Faculty, Department Chair
Pianist Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “bold, vibrant, and immensely musical," and as having “delicacy amounting to almost reverence […] through gossamer touch" (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald). His “ability to modulate the piano’s sound […] coupled with his great ear easily gave him an edge” (Sioux City Journal) to capture the first prize at the 2013 Iowa International Piano Competition.
He has also won prizes at the Washington International Competition for Piano, Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition, Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition, Pacific Piano Competition, CBC Debut Concert Artists Auditions, and Kingsville International Young Performers Competition. And he has been a recipient of the Solti Foundation Grant and the British Columbia Arts Council Senior Scholarship.
As a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Mr. Weng has performed in Canada, the United States, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Serbia, Egypt, and Hong Kong. These venues include the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Chicago Cultural Center, the Steinway Hall in New York, the 92nd St. Y, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, Bargemusic in New York, The Fitzwilliam Museum at the Cambridge University, the 100 Club in London, the Palace of Fontainebleau, Ruïnekerk in Bergen, Holland, Brahms Museum, Cairo Opera House, the Bulgarian Consulate in New York, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, the Vancouver Playhouse, and the British Columbia Governor House.
He has performed concertos with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and the Avanti Orchestra. He has also been heard on radio stations such as the WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, CBC Radio and Seattle King FM.
In addition to performing, he has served as an adjudicator at the Festival on the Lake and the North Shore Music Festival in Vancouver, the International Chopin Youth Competition in Houston, and Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Competition.
He has participated at such summer festivals as the International Holland Music Sessions, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Habitat4Music, and Ecole d'Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, where he was awarded the Piano Prix.
Mr. Weng is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where he is a fellowship recipient and studies with Ursula Oppens. He has previously studied with Donna Fishwick, Sasha Starcevich, Natalya Antonova, Pavlina Dokovska, Joan Havill and Peter Frankl. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate), Mannes College of Music (Master of Music), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Master with distinction), and Yale University (Artist Diploma).
Mr. Weng is represented by Classics Alive Artists Management.