Cellist Mario Alarcón was the winner of the 6th Music Competition for Young Talents, organized by the University of Concepción Cultural Corporation and its Symphony Orchestra, which brought together student musicians from the whole country.

The public final concert took place on Saturday, March 5, in the UdeC Theater, with an audience of about 800 people. In this occasion, four finalists in two age categories played with the Concepción Symphony Orchestra: Kai Bryngelson (violin), Camila Benítez (bassoon), Felipe Valdebenito (clarinet) and Mario Alarcón (cello), who was the winner for his performance of the Variations on a Rococo Theme by Russian composer Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.

The jury of this competition, composed of Chilean maestro Patricio Cobos (who was also the conductor of the concert), maestra Marcella Mazzini (representative of the Rector of the Universidad of Concepción), and Concepción Symphony assistant concertmaster Pamela Astorga, and third horn Javier Aguilar, awarded the first prize to the young musician, who will be a soloist in the 4th Symphonic Concert of the 2016 Symphony Season, taking place on June 18 in the UdeC Theater, conducted by Chilean maestro Paolo Bortolameolli.

Mario Alarcón, who was born in Concepción and now lives in Santiago, began his studies in Germany, where he was a member of several children and youth orchestras. At 13, he debuted as a soloist with the Rostock Youth Chamber Orchestra. Back in Chile, he has earned scholarships and participated in major music gatherings and festivals. In 2015 he was selected as first cellist of YOA Orchestra of the Americas for a tour in Canada. Currently, he is in his senior year in the Bachelor in Music degree program at the Catholic Pontifical University of Chile.