Saturday, November 16, 2019
Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104
Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after artists in the world, sparked by her successes in international competitions and proven by her many performances across Asia and North America. A true trailblazer, Byun is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Other prizes include first-prize finishes at the Frances Walton Competition, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, second prize at the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America International Artists Competition, and fourth place at the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition.
Byun’s concert programs often feature contemporary music alongside traditional repertoire. Her skill at navigating both has led to solo performances with orchestras and performances within orchestras as an ensemble member.
She actively contributes to the music community in many ways. She has given solo recitals and masterclasses for festivals, workshops, and guitar societies around the world. She has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, and as a primary-school guitar instructor.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Byun began playing guitar at age six. At eleven, she took the stage for her first full-length solo recital, leading in her teen years to concert tours across Korea and millions of views on YouTube, and 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. She came to the US, briefly studying in Los Angeles before moving to New York City and enrolling at The Juilliard School at age sixteen. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California as a recipient of the prestigious International Artist Fellowship.