San Diego Guitar Festival

APRIL 2019


Thursday April 18


Bokyung Byun

A performer, educator, and doctoral candidate, Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun is known both for her nearly one dozen first-place finishes in international competition and also her numerous performances across Asia and North America. Known for celebrating new, contemporary compositions alongside traditional repertoire, her performing is celebrated by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary”. Notably, she is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Now based in Los Angeles, she is pursuing a fully-funded doctoral degree at the University of Southern California, and has degrees from The Juilliard School. Learn more by visiting

I consider Bokyung Byun to be one of the most phenomenal guitarists of her generation. She has amazing technical abilities, a powerful and luscious sound, and a profound sense of musical interpretation. I’m a fan!
— William Kanengiser, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Saturday April 20



Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” Korean guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony and Tanglewood Chamber Orchestra, and in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Mass MOCA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her performances have been featured on PBS, NPR’s From The Top and Hong Kong’s RTHK. Jiji entered the Curtis Institute of Music as one of the first two guitarists in their distinguished history.

A graceful and nuanced player
— The Kansas City Star

Thursday April 25


Alexandra iranfar

Alexandra Iranfar is a San Francisco- based classical guitarist and soprano—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She has been acclaimed as a "song stylist" by the San Francisco Examiner. Her most recent project brought her to Berlin, Germany where she filmed a music video for Open Strings Berlin who presents young upcoming artists. She is a founding member of SopraDuo, a performing chamber group, and has released two albums, one of which features all new music written for her duo by composers from the Guerrilla Composers Guild. In 2016, Sèrgio Assad wrote SopraDuo a piece for two-guitars and voice entitled "Variations on a Lullaby." Alexandra has commissioned over a dozen pieces for her unique abilities as both soprano and guitarist, including by GRAMMY- award winning composer, Christopher Tin.

Being not only a phenomenal classical guitarist, but also a soprano singer, she can be her own Duo partner and perform the most beautiful repertoire for voice and guitar by herself.
— Open Strings Berlin