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Bokyung Byun & Lovro Peretic

Bokyung Byun & Lovro Peretic

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. This win is among many wherein Bokyung excelled in the competitive circuit, including first-prize finishes at the Frances Walton Competition, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition.

A bevy of orchestras, festivals, workshops, and guitar societies look to Bokyung for solo performances and masterclasses. In recent seasons, Bokyung has performed as a soloist with orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, West Los Angeles Symphony, among others.

Bokyung Byun’s debut recording has been praised as “a very beautiful disc. From the first notes of the “Gallarda” from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Escarraman, we are treated to extraordinary musicianship, technical assurance, and beauty of sound” (Soundboard Magazine). Bokyung 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.

Bokyung Byun replaces Petra Polachova whose performance visa was not approved in time.

Lovro Peretić is an award-winning guitarist from Zagreb, Croatia, who has received top prizes in various guitar competitions. The most significant ones are Guitar Foundation of America and Eurostrings, in addition to competitions in Germany, Italy, Greece, Croatia, France, Belgium, and China.

As a winner of Eurostrings he gave numerous concerts throughout Europe and as a winner of the GFA he recorded his debut album with Naxos to be released this season and he will perform extensively in the United States and Canada.

In addition to solo recitals, Lovro has performed with the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, and Zagreb Soloists, and he has performed with various chamber music groups such as the guitar trio Evocación, with whom he recently released his first album. Lovro began studying guitar at a young age with Xhevdet Sahatxhija in Zagreb. After graduating, he went on to study with Judicaël Perroy at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève in Switzerland.

BCGS programs are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Maryland State Arts Council, The Citizens of Baltimore County, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the Augustine Foundation, the Cape Foundation, the D’Addario Foundation, the Guitar Center Music Foundation, the Savarez Foundation, and individual donors and members. Thank you.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM


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