Steinway Piano Gallery
Little Rock • Fayetteville
Little Rock • Fayetteville

Lei Cai

Lei Cai was born in Shanghai, China, and started piano at age five. His music training began

at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music when he was only six. Having received the

prestigious Shanghai Conservatory Scholarship Award for five consecutive years, he came to

the United States in 1992. He secured the MM at the University of Tennessee, and DM in

Piano Performance at Florida State University. His teachers include Qing-hua Wang, Stanley

Potter, David Northington, and Leonard Mastrogiacomo. Dr. Cai is currently Professor of

Music and has been on the piano faculty at Ouachita Baptist University since 2001.

Dr. Cai has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on CD. He has premiered

and recorded solo works by the famous Chinese composer, Hua Lin for Radio Shanghai;

those critically acclaimed recordings have been broadcast in China. He has presented

numerous recitals in both China and the United States. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s

First Piano Concerto was described as “one of the finest performances of this work…Cai

displayed a power and crispness of technique that would make any soloist proud” (Knoxville

News-Sentinel). Radio Shanghai described his playing as “clear, colorful, and poetic.”

Dr. Cai has won numerous awards, including the 1998 Music Teachers National Association

Southern Division Collegiate Artist Piano Competition, the 1997 Young Chang Artist

Competition, the 1997 Oak Ridge Symphony Young Artist Competition, Tallahassee Music

Guild Award, and the Liberace Scholarship Award for Performing Arts. He has been invited

to judge national competitions, to perform at world famous music halls including the Sydney

Opera House, to hold master classes in the United States, Korea and China, to perform as the

featured artist at the national convention of the National Federation of Music Clubs and at the

“Hands on Piano” International Piano Conference in Portugal, to present lecture recitals at

the state convention of Florida State Music Teachers Association, and has produced student

MTNA competition winners. Dr. Cai was recently inducted into the

Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame.

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