Bokyung Byun

A much-anticipated concert by internationally acclaimed Korean classical guitarist Bokyung Byun will close out the Salida Aspen Concerts’ 43rd summer concert series Saturday, Aug. 10, in Buena Vista. 

Byun’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will take place at the ClearView Community Church, 457 Rodeo Rd.

Her recital will be performed with a brief intermission, and will also feature a pre-concert discussion with her.

Byun has won numerous first-place finishes in international competitions, including the prestigious 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (the first woman to win this competition), the Frances Walton Competition the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition.  

Her recitals often feature contemporary pieces alongside more traditional compositions. 

At her recital in Buena Vista, she will be performing 20th Century and more contemporary pieces.

Composers and pieces include Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Escarramán, 1955), John Williams (Rounds, 2012), Gerhard (Fantasia, 1957), Walton (Five Bagatelles, 1975-76) and Roberto Sierra (Salseado from Sonata para guitarrra, 2007-10), as well as the U.S. Premier of Nicky Sohn’s Ganggangsullae (2019), alongside more traditional works by Dowland (Fantasia, P73, and Fantasia, P71) and Regondi (Rêverie-Nocturne, op. 19, 1864).   

Byun was born in Seoul, Korea, and began playing classical guitar when she was 6.  At 16, she entered The Juilliard School where she earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. 

She has been a classical guitar instructor at The Juilliard School, served as ensemble director of the school’s Music Advancement Program, and has been an instructor of Chamber Music at the Aspen Music School and Festival for 3 years. 

She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California on an International Artist Fellowship.

Byun has performed in numerous venues and with numerous ensembles throughout Asia and North America, including the Lincoln Center and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, as well as with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect under Sir Simon Rattle. 

Her performances have been featured on National Public Radio, and she has an enormous YouTube following.         

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., and the pre-concert discussion begins at 6:45 p.m. 

Tickets may be purchased for $20. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are admitted for free with an accompanying adult, and an adult accompanying a student may purchase one discounted ticket for $10 at the door. 

Byun’s recital is generously underwritten by Kent Strickland and Elise Backinger.  

For more information about Salida Aspen Concerts and the Summer Concert Series call 719-539-6467 or go to www.salidaaspenconcerts.org.   

Steven L. Johnson is a board member of Salida Aspen Concerts, Inc.

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