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2017 RBC Concerto Competition

UCalgary and MRU Conservatory Music Students
With the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

March 9 at 8 p.m.

Adults: $25 
Students/Seniors: $18

In a new twist for 2017, four music students—two from the University of Calgary and two from Mount Royal University Conservatory — compete in our eagerly anticipated concerto competition, with none other than the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for accompaniment. This annual event never fails to impress and delight.

The winner of the First Prize will have the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the CPO in one of their professional concerts as well as the chance to meet with one or more of the CPO conductors for a mentorship session. 

This year's competitors are: 

Yan Li (violin)
Performing Sibelius: Violin Concerto, 1st movement

17 year-old violinist Yan Li is currently studying with Bill van der Sloot in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal Conservatory. She has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Civic Symphony, Calgary Youth Orchestra and will perform with Lethbridge Symphony in their 2017-2018 season. 

Cameron Leahy (violin)
Performing William Walton: Violin Concerto, 1st movement (Andante tranquillo)

Cameron is in his first year at the University of Calgary studying violin with professor Edmund Agopian. He is a winner of the Calgary Concerto Competition and has received multiple scholarships at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival.

Laura Jones (voice)
Performing Alban Berg: Sieben Frühe Lieder 

Laura Jones is a Calgarian Mezzo-Soprano currently studying for her Masters of Music Degree at the University of Calgary. She is active in many aspects of Calgary's music community as a teacher, session musician, and performer. 

Angela Ryu (violin)
Performing Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, 1st movement

Angela Ryu, age 17, began studying the violin at the age of five in her hometown, New Denver, British Columbia. Angela moved to Calgary when she was ten and has been studying at the Mount Royal Conservatory ever since. She is currently studying with Bill van der Sloot in the Advanced Performance Program.  

This performance competition for music students is possible thanks to a special partnership between the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, the RBC Foundation and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.