Pianist Bryan Chuan was the first prize winner in the RCO’s 27th annual College Concerto Competition, which took place on February 21, 2016 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. He will perform the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Brahms with the RCO and Maestro Theodore Kuchar on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. The Competition’s second prize went to cellist Natalie Kepple, and third prize to flutist Lynn Tsai. The RCO extends its congratulations and thanks to all the Competition participants.

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.

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.

From left to right: Cellist Xiao Lai Zhou (2015 Competition winner), flutist Carmella Cao (2014 Competition winner), violist Kayleigh Miller (2012-13 Competition winner), and cellist Matthew Linaman (2012 Competition winner) performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Zhou Golka and RCO 3-15Carmella Cao and RCO 4-14Kayleigh Miller with RCO 1-13Matt Linaman with RCO