Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Entertainment



JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition Winner Named — Bokyung Byun of South Korea won first place and Musician’s Choice in the eighth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Byun is the first woman to win the competition. Tengue “TY” Zhang of China captured Audience Favorite and second place. Congyi Zhang won third place, and also received the inaugural William and Carol Greiner Award, encouraging the performance of lesser-known works, for his performance of Ernesto Cordero’s Concierto Antillano. Eight classical guitarists, representing five nations, competed throughout the week. Byun will receive a solo concert at the Fondazione La SocietĂ  dei Concerti in a recital among the series “Winners!” of Incontri Musicali at Gaber Auditorium in Milano, Italy, along with a $10,000 cash prize, national and international broadcast exposure, and a return engagement with the BPO. She began playing guitar at age 6. At the age of 11, she began going on concert tours in Korea. By her teen years, she had won competitions held by the Korea Guitar Association, the Music Association of Korea and the Guitar Foundation of America. She was the first guitarist ever to be admitted to Juilliard’s undergraduate guitar program. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California as the recipient of the prestigious International Artist Fellowship. She is 23. Byun performed “Concerto pour Guitare et Petit Orchestra” by Heitor Villa-Lobos and “Salseado from Sonata for Guitar” by Roberto Sierra.

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