Steinway Artist Lei Weng

Join us for “An Evening with Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng” at Schmitt Music Denver – Saturday, April 5 at 6PM.

Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.”

A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches talented students from around the world. Dr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy and Competition, the Founder and Director (2008-2011) of the Colorado Piano Festival, and is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation.

Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 303-777-1900 or to RSVP online.

Dr. Weng’s program will include: Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 109, Patricio De Silva’s Three Movements for Solo Piano, all three movements of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, and Chopin’s Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22.


Biography:

Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut with the Northwest Mahler Festival Symphony. The New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng for his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control”. Followed by an immediate re-invitation, Lei Weng returned to Carnegie Hall two months later, when the New York Concert Review wrote: “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.”

Lei Weng is the laureate of many national and international competitions, including the top prizes in the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition and the Camerata Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition and 3rd prize at the Kingsville International Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the China National Piano Competition and the TCU/Cliburn Piano Competition.

Lei Weng has given recitals at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York, the Phillips Collections in Washington D.C., Beijing Music Hall, Banff Center in Canada, Campana Theater in Italy, and the Tanglewood and Messiaen Festivals.

As a frequent orchestral soloist, Lei Weng has appeared with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, as well as the China National Symphony and Chorus, and the UNC Symphony and Wind Ensemble. He will perform in the 2012-13 season with symphony orchestras of Longmont, Garland, Irving, Arlington, Tianjin (China) and Gimhae (Korea).

A dedicated educator, Lei Weng is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. He is frequently invited as a guest professor by prestigious conservatories in China, Taiwan, and Korea. His students have been accepted by the Juilliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music.

Lei Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren. He is a featured artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, and co-founder of the Colorado Piano Festival at the University of Northern Colorado, and the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy.

Dr. Weng became a “Steinway Artist” in 2012.

Hear audio samples (including Scarbo, from Gaspard de la Nuit) and more on the University of Northern Colorado website – CLICK HERE!

 

Sean O'Shea at Schmitt Music Denver

Join us for “An Evening with Kawai Artist Sean O’Shea” – FREE CONCERT!  After the concert, Sean will give Kawai Piano demos and take questions.

Thursday, February 27 at 7pm at Schmitt Music Denver

To RSVP or for more information, please call 303-777-1900 or .


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Biography: Sean O’Shea is an Inspirational speaker, singer and songwriter and is an endorsing artist and clinician for Kawai America Corporation.

Sean has appeared live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer and has twice been the opening performer with author and television personality Dr. Wayne Dyer. Sean’s music has been heard in national industrial and educational video productions including a ½ hour program for Bush Gardens, VA and he has performed several times at the famed Bluebird Café and other Nashville “songwriter round” venues.

Sean lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Laurie, also a singer-songwriter. Learn more on Sean’s website: www.singspirit.net.

 

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Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM – FREE!

Schmitt Music presents an evening of musical entertainment featuring Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu and Special Guest Larry Graham! Join us for this great FREE EVENT on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30PM at Schmitt Music Denver.

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .


Since her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and internationally in Asia and Europe. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won her international recognition, including the Juilliard William Petschek Debut Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Ima Hogg National Competition first-prize, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton, among others. She has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Performance Today, Chinese National Television, and Danish Public Radio. Concerto highlights include the Baltimore, China National, Colorado, Houston, New Jersey, Pacific, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. Solo recordings on Pacific Records and Albany Records have won critical acclaim. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Hsu recently co-founded a trio with CSO principals Yumi Hwang-Williams and Silver Ainomae.

Always interested in innovative programming, she has produced multi-venue projects focused on a specific composer or theme. Upcoming themes include a program of Chinese Piano Music for the Denver Art Museum, and The Russian Soul at CU-Boulder. Born in Beijing, Hsu studied piano with her parents and uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, Herbert Stessin at Juilliard, and Claude Frank at Yale. She is the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at CU-Boulder, piano faculty at Metro State College of Denver, artist teacher for DU Enrichment, and creator/teacher of Conscious Listening™ music seminars. Ms. Hsu is a Steinway Artist and resides in Colorado with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg, and one daughter. Concert/seminar info and media can be found at hsingayhsu.com.


Larry Graham (Piano, M.M., B.M., Juilliard) launched his career with numerous successes in piano competitions such as the Kosciusko, and Concert Artists Guild auditions. He was winner of the coveted “Prize of the Public” by overwhelming vote at the Queen Elizabeth Concours in Brussels. Graham has performed over 35 different concerti with orchestras, and numerous solo engagements. Graham has also performed extensively with chamber music ensembles, including the highly acclaimed Pablo Casals Trio. For 25 years he was Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado. He is devoted to teaching and continues working with gifted pre-college students. His students have won important prizes locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Steinway Artist Katie Mahan in Denver

Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 PM – FREE!

Schmitt Music presents An Evening with Steinway Artist Katie Mahan! Join us for this free concert at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00PM.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP:

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Brilliant, masterly playing… associations with the young
Clara Shumann were revived — she could have played like this.
- Neue Ruhr Zeitung, German Newspaper

Watch Katie perform Trois Etudes de Concert No 2: La Leggierezza by Liszt

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Hailed as “the new Clara Schumann,” American pianist Katie Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her profound artistry, unique musical personality and graceful, charming stage presence. She possesses an unquestioned technical mastery combined with a kaleidoscopic palate of tone colors, and has been recognized as “a daring and innovative performer” and as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today.” A multi-faceted artist for whom music is an endless passion, she is at ease playing a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin.

Since making her orchestral debut in 1999 performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Breckenridge Symphony, Katie has appeared as recitalist or soloist with orchestra throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Russia and Japan. She has performed with such celebrated conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Marin Alsop – who described her as a pianist “in the style of Clara Schumann”, Grant Cooper, and Robert Lehrbaumer, and in such famous halls as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Prinzregenten Theatre in Munich, and the Smetana Hall in Prague.

During the 2013-14 season, Katie will be presented by Weltklassik am Klavier in a concert tour Germany. She will also give her Carnegie Hall debut in New York, followed by recitals throughout Europe and the USA, and her first recital tour in China. Highlights of her 2011-12 schedule included all-Debussy recitals — celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth — in New York City, South Carolina, and the Strathmore “Music in the Mansion Series” in Maryland, alongside recital appearances in Monte Carlo, Berlin, Munich, Dubai, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Seefeld, London and Colorado. Concerto appearances included the Wiener Residenz Orchester, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony.

Learn more about Ms. Mahan on her website: katiemahan.com.

 

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Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 PM – FREE!

Schmitt Music presents an evening of art and musical entertainment featuring artist Eric Matelski and pianist Nick Busheff! Join us for this great FREE EVENT on Thursday, November 5 at 7PM at Schmitt Music Denver.

Enjoy wine and cheese, and listen to Nick Busheff perform as you browse the art works of Eric Matelski, followed by a presentation and Q&A with the artist. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to save your spot!

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .


Artist Eric Matelski has made his place in the art community by painting live, curating, coordinating art events, and donating his time and artwork to a number of charities and non-profits. As a “live artist,” Eric has painted loose portraits of musicians and performers at hundreds of concerts and events, attracting an audience of his own, and completing paintings sometimes in just minutes.

Although painting live is what gained his local recognition, Eric also works–at a slower pace–in his home studio, painting and assembling a range of experimental works of art, and installations. Companies and individuals all over have commissioned Eric, to paint murals and create custom works.

In addition to his own art, Eric also curates artwork for a handful of local Denver eateries and other art establishments. In addition Eric currently serves on art boards for ArtReach a and Denver Chalk Art Festival. Eric produces a number of group art shows each year with his art production company Art Pimp. Eric’s main focus is not just his own art. Eric believes in art as a community and enjoys helping other artists get their voice.

In 2008 Eric was named by Denver one of the city’s 150 unsung heros for his work in the Denver art community. In 2010 Eric was awarded a MasterMind award from Westword. Learn more at ericmatelski.com.


Nick Busheff is a prolific performer, composer and director. After years of classical training, degrees from leading conservatories, and numerous awards as a concert pianist, he ventured into popular music. His original creations and collaborations have brought him to hundreds of venues from coast to coast.

His music has been featured in the film Angel on Fire, which won the York Entertainment Award at the Moondance Film Festival, and The One Who Loves You (premiering at the 2013 Denver Film Festival). His first official music video, The Party’s Over, co-created and shot on location with jazz vocalist Nancy Stohlman, was released this spring.

Musical directing and performing credits include Brecht on Brecht (Kurt Weill), An Event You Can’t Refuse (Italian opera and Sinatra) and Stohlman’s The Monster Opera. His current concert creations include Legends of the Piano (from Bach to Billy Joel) and Dueling Pianos (A Steinway sponsored event). Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.

 

Olga

Sunday, November 3rd at 5:00 PM – FREE!

Schmitt Music is proud to sponsor a Master Class with acclaimed pianist Olga Kern! Join us at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 3 at 5PM. Ms. Kern will listen to three talented students perform and offer her advice to make their playing even better.

Please RSVP: call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Olga Kern was an absolute whiz at the piano…
The New York Times

Now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists, Olga Kern’s career began over a decade ago with her award winning gold-medal performance at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. Click here to learn more about Ms. Kern.

Trinity Presbyterian Church – tpcarvada.org
7755 Vance Dr. Arvada, Colorado 80003

Watch Ms. Kern perform a portion of the third movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition:

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Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years – made her New York City debut in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in May, 2004. Eleven days later she returned to New York to play at Carnegie again, this time on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Kern is a magnetic performer with one of the most prodigious piano techniques of any young pianist. This season, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Van Cliburn Foundation will honor Ms. Kern’s Cliburn victory 10 years ago with a co-presentation of her talents in March and April of 2011.

Olga has also performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Anchorage, Nashville, Dallas, Virginia, St. Louis, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Madison, Johnson City, Syracuse and Colorado. She has also been invited to perform at Longwood Gardens, the Sanibel Music Festival, the Winter Park Bach Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and Drake University. In January 2012 Olga performed during a special North American recital tour with violinist Vladimir Spivakov, their first outside of Europe.

Learn more about Ms. Olga Kern at olgakern.com.

 

Dueling

Come hear “Dueling Pianos” at Schmitt Music Denver and enjoy an hour of unique musical entertainment presented by Nick Busheff and friends, Barbara Dawson, Darin Harris, and Schmitt Music’s own Bob Baker! Enjoy these talented pianist “dueling” on a Steinway grand and a Steinway upright piano. Listen and decide for yourself which Steinway will win this epic showdown!

Friday, July 19th at 7pm – FREE!

Please RSVP: call 303-777-1900 or to RSVP online.


Nick Busheff is a prolific performer, composer and director. After years of classical training, degrees from leading conservatories, and numerous awards as a concert pianist, he ventured into popular music. His original creations and collaborations have brought him to hundreds of venues from coast to coast.

His music has been featured in the film Angel on Fire, which won the York Entertainment Award at the Moondance Film Festival, and The One Who Loves You (premiering at the 2013 Denver Film Festival). His first official music video, The Party’s Over, co-created and shot on location with jazz vocalist Nancy Stohlman, was released this spring.

Musical directing and performing credits include Brecht on Brecht (Kurt Weill), An Event You Can’t Refuse (Italian opera and Sinatra) and Stohlman’s The Monster Opera. His current concert creations include Legends of the Piano (from Bach to Billy Joel) and Dueling Pianos (A Steinway sponsored event).

Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.

 

Kara

Join us for a free piano concert by Kara Huber at Schmitt Music Denver. She will be playing works by Liszt, Beethoven, and Tower.

Sunday, June 30th at 6pm – FREE!

Please RSVP: call 303-777-1900 or to RSVP online.


American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.”

Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, in the Eastern Illinois University Guest Artist Series and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, NY. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Kara has attended summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. She recently finished a creative music residency at the Banff Centre in Canada.

First picking up melodies by ear at an early age, Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five. At sixteen, she was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she also made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Teachers include John Perry, Awadagin Pratt, Frank Weintstock, Michael Coonrod, Yoshi Nagai, Paul Schenly, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Huber has received degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently earning an Artist Diploma degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Learn more online at www.karahuber.com.

 

Lei Weng

Please join us for an evening with Chinese piano powerhouse and rising star, Dr. Lei Weng at Schmitt Music Denver!

Saturday, December 8 at 6pm

Seating is limited! Please RSVP to this event or call 303-777-1900 if you are planning to attend.

Biography: Pianist Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut with the Northwest Mahler Festival Symphony when he performed Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng for his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control”. Followed by an immediate re-invitation, Lei Weng returned to Carnegie Hall two months later, when New York Concert Reviews remarked: “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.”

 

Steve Barta

Take a journey inside the world of a creative master. This interactive event gives you a chance to participate in the creative process.

Reminiscent of the 19th century custom when concerts were given in the salons of elite private homes. This is an intimate affair filled with music, conversation and creativity.

Join renowned jazz composer, pianist and author Steve Barta for this private salon concert around the piano at Schmitt Music Denver.

During the evening Steve shares his powerful insights on the creative process in conversation with his audience. Feel the power of your own creativity, as you actually co-create a piece of original music with Steve – no musical experience necessary. Click here to download a PDF of the concert series!

Saturday, December 15 at 7pm

Steve recently received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Children’s Album for “Jumpin’ Jazz Kids.” Congratulations, Steve!

Biography: Pianist Steve Barta has stayed true to his creative path for over thirty years as a Composer, Recording Artist, Producer, Author, educator and speaker. He has performed his original works as a solo artist with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. His contribution to the world of music includes fourteen recordings that reflect his many influences, particularly Brazilian, Jazz and Classical. Steve has released fourteen recordings to date. He has worked and/or recorded with the likes of Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Dori Caymmi, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paulinho da Costa, Mike Shaprio and many more. His recordings are available worldwide via SteveBarta- Music.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby. Steve has written several works for symphony orchestra that has been performed worldwide. Steve is a music educator with over thirty years of experience teaching intermediate to advanced students, educators and professional musicians. Special areas of instruction for private students, clinics and Master Classes and Music Interpretation, Improvisation, Arranging and Composition.

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