Guitar Sundays: Bokyung Byun @ PMAC *Special Friday Show*

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Program Description


Join us at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) for a free classical guitar concert featuring Bokyung Byun! Unlike most concerts, this performance will be held on a Friday evening. In January, we return to Sunday afternoon concerts.

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."

This is a free event. Registration is not required. Arrive early to secure your seat.

About Bokyung Byun
Born in Seoul, Korea, Bo began playing guitar at the age of six. At eleven, she took the stage for her first solo recital. During her teen years, she performed numerous concert tours around Korea, and 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 Bachelors and Masters 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 was the 2023 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. She is currently on the guitar faculty of the University of North Texas.