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  • Bokyung Byun Master Class
    Monday, March 27, 2023

  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    University of Hartford
    200 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117

  • Free to Students and CGS Members;  a donation of $10 is suggested for Non-members 

  • GFA Winner Bokyung Byun Master Class:  Monday, March 27, 2023

    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.