Juilliard guitarists to perform at MAC
MILFORD >> Guitarists Bokyung Byun and Tengyue Zhang will perform Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The concert will benefit the New England Guitar Society.
Their program will include a compilation of virtuoso works by Rodrigo, Assad, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Barrios and Ginastera.
Under the direction of two-time Grammy winner Sharon Isbin, the Juilliard School guitar department has trained some of the most successful guitarists in the world.
Isbin’s students, Bokyung Byun and Tengyue Zhang, are already first-prize winners in international competitions.
Tickets for the concert are $20, $15 for MAC members and $18 for seniors.
For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647 (Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
The New England Guitar Society was established to create a nurturing environment for classical guitarists to meet, share ideas, perform, compose, teach and grow as musicians. The goal is to increase the public interest in classical guitar, to ultimately create future players and audiences.
Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun is the winner of 2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. She entered the Juilliard School at the age of 16. She was the first guitarist ever to be admitted to both Juilliard’s undergraduate guitar program and accelerated bachelor/master degree program. She has won numerous prizes in competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States, including Vienna International Youth Competition in 2007 and Guitar Foundation of America New York Regional Symposium in 2012 and 2014.
Before coming to New York, she studied with William Kanengiser in Los Angeles and Chen Zhi in Beijing. Her recent performances were featured on NPR’s classical music program, “From the Top” and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Cos. “Young Artists Showcase.”
Classical guitarist Tengyue “T.Y.” Zhang has impressed audiences since the age of 8, being called “Little John Williams” by German virtuoso guitarists Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff.
Born in 1993 in China, he began to study classical guitar at the age of 5 with his father and later with professor Chen Zhi. In 2005. he won the first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition Senior Division. He also won the first prize at the International Guitar Youth Competition in Vienna, in addition to top prizes in the Parkening International and the Changsha International guitar competitions. His recent European tour included a recital in Vienna and the season opener concert of the Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia.