College Concerto Competition
The RCO’s 26th annual College Concerto Competition took place on Saturday, January 17 at Nightingale Concert Hall. Some of Nevada’s finest young classical musicians competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra. Prizes were awarded to:
First Prize – Xiao Lai Zhou (cello)
Second Prize – Lynn Tsai (flute)
Third Prize – Joseph Tatum (cello)
Xiao Lai Zhou performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the RCO and guest conductor Tomasz Golka on March 14 and 15, 2015.
Congratulations to him and to all our great competitors!
The RCO extends its thanks to the competitors, judges Igor Veligan and Dr. Kenneth Osowski, accompanists Andrea Lenz and Hyeyeon Park, the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts, and The Bretzlaff Foundation, which provided funding for the College Concerto Competition and for the RCO concerts at which the winner will perform.
The RCO’s College Concerto Competition is the only competition of its kind in the state of Nevada. The participants, who must either attend a Nevada college or be a Nevada resident attending college out of state, compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to appear as soloist with the RCO in one of its regular season concerts. Competitors will receive detailed written comments on their performance from the distinguished panel of judges. Past Competition participants have gone on to significant careers as soloists, orchestral musicians, and teachers. Many RCO enthusiasts regard the College Concerto Competition as one of the highlights of the music year. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.
The College Concerto Competition, and the RCO concerts at which the Competition winner performs, are made possible by a generous grant from The Bretzlaff Foundation.
Flutist Carmella Cao was the first prize winner in the RCO’s 25th annual College Concerto Competition, which took place Sunday, January 26, 2014 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Ms. Cao, now pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former student at the University of Nevada, Reno, won the Competition with her performance of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. She performed with the Reno Chamber Orchestra at the closing concerts of the RCO’s 2013-14 season on April 26 and 27, 2014. Read more about Ms. Cao in this article from the UNLV Libraries website. The Competition’s second prize went to flutist Michelle Griffin, a University of Nevada, Reno student. Third prize went to trumpet player Jef Derderian, also of UNR. The RCO extends its congratulations and thanks to all nine Competition participants.
From left to right: Flutist Carmella Cao (2014 Competition winner), violist Kayleigh Miller (2012-13 Competition winner), cellist Matt Linaman (2012 Competition winner), and violist Molly Carr (2010-11 Competition winner), performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.