November 3, 7:00 pm
Please note this is a Friday evening concert, and a free event. Reservations recommended but not required; seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Augustine Foundation Concert
Bokyung Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Bokyung’s performance as “stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship.”
She was the 2021 grand prize winner at the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition. Bo is the recipient of the 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant
Born in Seoul, Korea, Bo 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. By her teen years she had gained national attention for first-prize finishes in three renowned Korean competitions. She soon moved to New York City where 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. Teachers and mentors include Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, and Sharon Isbin.
In 2020, Bokyung co-founded Guitarlab which provides an innovative online learning platform offering cutting-edge classes designed for young professionals around the world. She is currently on the guitar faculty of University of North Texas.