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  • Bokyung Byun
    Sunday, March 26, 2023

  • 2:00 PM
    Windsor Art Center
    40 Mechanic Street
    Windsor, CT 06095

  • " Here is a simple fact: with artistry such as Ms. Byun’s, the state-of-the-art of guitar performance has reached a new level"

    — Al Kunze, Soundboard Magazine, 2022
  • " Byun’s interpretation enlivens them with creative phrasings, articulations, spacing, and dynamics, which take the listener beyond most performances I have heard"

    — Jim McCutcheon, American Record Guide, 2021
  • " She showed off a thorough expressivity and impressive technical agility, seemingly without breaking a sweat...Byun went on to capture something supremely blissful, beautiful, and meaningful in this music"

    — Jarrett Hoffman, ClevelandClassical.com, October 20, 2020
  • BOKYUNG BYUN Classical Guitarist

    The Connecticut guitar society is pleased to host Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun. She has been praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as, “confident and quite extraordinary,” and enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Notably, she is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. This win is among many wherein Ms. Byun excelled in the competitive circuit, including first-prize finishes at the Frances Walton Competition, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition. A bevy of orchestras, festivals, workshops, and guitar societies look to Ms. Byun for solo performances and masterclasses. In recent seasons, Ms. Byun has performed as a soloist with orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, West Los Angeles Symphony, among others. Ms. Byun’s debut recording has been praised as “a very beautiful disc.” From the first notes of the “Gallarda” from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Escarraman, we are treated to extraordinary musicianship, technical assurance, and beauty of sound” (Soundboard Magazine). Ms. Byun holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.  

    Bokyung Byun was born in Seoul, Korea. She began playing guitar at the age of six. At eleven, she took the stage for her first solo recital, leading to an early start in her teen years performing numerous concert tours around Korea. She received an enthusiastic response, including millions of views on YouTube. By her teen years, she had gained national attention for first-prize finishes in three renowned competitions: the Korea Guitar Association, the Music Association of Korea, and the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition.

    Byun soon moved to the United States, where she briefly studied in Los Angeles before moving to New York City. She entered The Juilliard School at the age of sixteen. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. She is grateful to the masterful instruction of her pedagogues, who include Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Chen Zhi, Tae-soo Kim, and Sharon Isbin. 

    In 2020, Byun co-founded Guitarlab which has provided an innovative online learning platform offering cutting-edge classes designed for young professionals around the world. Byun is currently on the guitar faculty of California State University Fullerton. She is an Augustine Strings artist and plays a guitar by Dieter Mueller (2019).


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  • Student: $15.00
  • CGS Member: $24.00
  • Non-Member: $30.00
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