The Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition (RC3) is an annual event which celebrates Calgary’s young musicians. The competition (originally the Calgary Concerto Competition) was founded in 1981 by the Calgary Registered Music Teachers Association, the Calgary Piano Technicians Guild, and the Calgary Civic Symphony. The competition rebranded to the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition in 2018 to reflect the investment of the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown as a major sponsor. The Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown believes in supporting youth and the arts and is proud to support the RC3.
The Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition is a chance for Calgary’s talented young musicians to show off their skill. The annual competition, held in February, is open to all piano and instrumental students under the age of 18 who are studying with a music teacher in Calgary. Each participant is required to play—from memory—the first movement of a concerto. Through the competition, the winners are selected by an impartial jury to perform with the Calgary Civic Symphony.
The RC3 Concerto concert showcases the winners of the competition, giving them invaluable experience of rehearsing and performing with an orchestra. This experience helps prepare them for competing at the National and International levels where performing with an orchestra is mandatory. A volunteer Board of Directors organizes the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition which is a registered non-profit society.
For more information, visit the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition website: www.rotaryc3.com.
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The 2018 RC3 competition has come to an end. What a year! Our incredible winners and runners-up are listed below. The winners will perform with the Calgary Civic Symphony during the Rising Stars concert on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30 pm in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons.
Angela Ryu (17 years) – Violin – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Jessica Ma (14 years) – Piano – Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
Joan Herget (15 years) – Cello – Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor
Joshua Wong (13 years) – Piano – Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1
Anna Stube (11 years) Violin
Ine-WIlme Coetzee (17 years) Cello
Jack Forestier (12 years) Violin
- Cameron Leahy (18 yrs, violin) – Concerto for Violin in D Major (1st mvt) by Prokofieff
- Hongtao Zhang (15 yrs, piano) – Concerto No. 3 for piano (1st mvt) by Beethoven
- Janet Li (15 yrs, piano) – Concerto No. 1 in G minor (1st mvt) by Mendelssohn
- Luka Coetzee (11 yrs, cello) – Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello by Tchaikovsky
Check out their interviews:
- Luka Coetzee: 11 years old, plays the cello
- Cameron Leahy: 18 years old, plays the violin
- Janet Li: 15 years old, plays the piano
- Tao Zhang: 15 years old, plays the piano
- Yunzhi Han (piano) – Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Op. 43 by Rachmaninoff
- Nicholas Kwan (piano) – Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1st mvt) by Grieg
- Yan Li (violin) – Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 77 (1st mvt) by Brahms
- Peter Wang (piano) – Concerto No. 1, Op. 45 (1st mvt) by Rautavaara
- Alison Zhang (piano) – Concerto no. 3, Op 26 in C major by S. Prokofiev
- Casey Wong (piano) – Concerto No. 1 op. 15 in D minor by Johanes Brahms
- Ming Tong (piano) – Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel
- Isabella Perron (violin) – Concerto Op. 14 in G Major by Samuel Barber
- Yunzhi Han (piano) – Chopin Concerto #2 in F minor
- Edward Powell (violin) – Elgar’s Concerto in B minor
- Angela Ryu (violin) – Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor
- Peter Wang (piano) – Turina Rapsodio Sinfonica
- Bryn Wiley (piano) – Rautavaara’s Concerto No. 1, op. 45
- Paul Van der Sloot (cello) – Elgar’s Concerto in E minor, op. 85 (4th Movement)
- Phoebe Powell (harp) – Debussy’s Danses sacrées et profanes
- Stephen Nguyen (piano) – Beethoven’s Concerto #1 in C Maj, op. 15 (3rd Movement)
Congratulations to these amazing Calgary young musicians!