This concert is dedicated to the memory
of Joseph and Johanna J. Pogacar
The 2020/2021 International Series is presented in part
with support from the Roy Minoff Family Fund.
This online concert marks the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society debut performance of Bokyung Byun! Ms. Byun will perform for CCGS patrons from her home in California.
Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun 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, where Falletta herself described Ms. Byun’s performance as “stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship.” Committed to expanding the role of a 21st-century musician, Ms. Byun is the co-founder of Sounding Board: The New Music Initiative for Guitarists and Composers. The project focuses on promoting collaborative relationships between composers and performers to create new works for guitar, and its inaugural festival in Besançon, France in 2019 has been praised as “extraordinary, in the strict sense of the word,” by La Presse de Gray.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Bokyung Byun began playing guitar at the age of six. She is now based in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California as the recipient of the prestigious International Artist Fellowship. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School.
This concert will be broadcast free-of-charge on YouTube – check back after 10/14 for a direct link!
If you RSVP to the event (click here), you will receive in an email:
- PDF of the full concert program (including program notes)
- Link to a post-concert reception with Bokyung Byun hosted on Zoom video conferencing (will begin approximately 15 minutes after the concert ends)
- Private link to view the concert for up to two months (link expires on December 17)
What also makes Bokyung special is her ability to engage the audience.San Diego Guitar Festival