Guitare Montreal | Bokyung Byun

MAY 26 to 28, 2017

Bokyung Byun

Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun, is an active solo and chamber musician residing in Los Angeles. She is one of the leading young guitarists of the generation who has been hailed by her peers as a guitarist who "performs with fleet-fingered, delicate precision, and expressiveness (Julia Crowe)."

Born in 1994, in Seoul, Korea, Bokyung began playing guitar at six. At the age of eleven, she had her first full-length solo recital in Gwangju, Korea. In the following years, she went on numerous concert tours in Korea, receiving enthusiastic response from the Korean audiences. Bokyung's YouTube video of Recuerdos de la alhambra marked five million views, bringing international attention to the newly rising guitarist. By her teen years, she had won competitions held by the Korea Guitar Association, the Embassy of Spain, and the Music Association of Korea. She launched her career as an internationally recognized young artist after winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition in 2007. The competitions Bokyung has recently won include the Philadelphia International Competition, the Tuesday Morning Music Club of New York Classical Guitar Competition, and the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition.

Bokyung moved to the United States in 2010 to study with William Kanengiser, of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and in 2011, she moved again to New York City where she entered The Juilliard School at the age of sixteen to study under the tutelage of Sharon Isbin. She has surprised the classical guitar community by being the first guitarist ever to be admitted to both Juilliard's undergraduate guitar program and accelerated Bachelor/Master degree program.

Being passionate about arts education, Bokyung has been selected as a teaching fellow for The Juilliard School’s prestigious Music Advancement Program and Morse Teaching Artist Fellowships for four consecutive years, enriching her teaching experience at Juilliard, George Jackson Academy, and the City College Academy of the Arts. In addition, she has organized and performed interactive concerts for the Young People's Concert Series of Lincoln Center, acting as an ambassador of the classical guitar by reaching out to the younger audiences.

Bokyung's recent performances were featured on NPR’s radio program "From the Top" and WQXR’s "Young Artists Showcase." In the 2016 season, she will appear at Lincoln Center, giving a world premiere to Valentin Bibik's Evening Music with New Juilliard Ensemble.

Bokyung Byun

Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun, is an active solo and chamber musician residing in Los Angeles. She is one of the leading young guitarists of the generation who has been hailed by her peers as a guitarist who "performs with fleet-fingered, delicate precision, and expressiveness (Julia Crowe)."

Born in 1994, in Seoul, Korea, Bokyung began playing guitar at six. At the age of eleven, she had her first full-length solo recital in Gwangju, Korea. In the following years, she went on numerous concert tours in Korea, receiving enthusiastic response from the Korean audiences. Bokyung's YouTube video of Recuerdos de la alhambra marked five million views, bringing international attention to the newly rising guitarist. By her teen years, she had won competitions held by the Korea Guitar Association, the Embassy of Spain, and the Music Association of Korea. She launched her career as an internationally recognized young artist after winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition in 2007. The competitions Bokyung has recently won include the Philadelphia International Competition, the Tuesday Morning Music Club of New York Classical Guitar Competition, and the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition.

Bokyung moved to the United States in 2010 to study with William Kanengiser, of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and in 2011, she moved again to New York City where she entered The Juilliard School at the age of sixteen to study under the tutelage of Sharon Isbin. She has surprised the classical guitar community by being the first guitarist ever to be admitted to both Juilliard's undergraduate guitar program and accelerated Bachelor/Master degree program.

Being passionate about arts education, Bokyung has been selected as a teaching fellow for The Juilliard School’s prestigious Music Advancement Program and Morse Teaching Artist Fellowships for four consecutive years, enriching her teaching experience at Juilliard, George Jackson Academy, and the City College Academy of the Arts. In addition, she has organized and performed interactive concerts for the Young People's Concert Series of Lincoln Center, acting as an ambassador of the classical guitar by reaching out to the younger audiences.

Bokyung's recent performances were featured on NPR’s radio program "From the Top" and WQXR’s "Young Artists Showcase." In the 2016 season, she will appear at Lincoln Center, giving a world premiere to Valentin Bibik's Evening Music with New Juilliard Ensemble.