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Bokyung “Bo” Byun announced as a winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant

USC Thornton Classical Guitar program alumna Bokyung “Bo” Byun (DMA ’20) was announced as a winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant on March 28 by The Violin Channel. In 2021, Byun became the first woman in 20 years to win the Guitar Foundation of America competition, and her list of accomplishments is only growing.

As one of the most prestigious awards for young classical musicians, the Avery Fischer Grant is received by up to five exceptional instrumentalists or chamber ensembles annually, and includes a gift of $25,000.

The Career Grant ceremony will be live-streamed by WQXR, New York’s classical music radio station, on March 28 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Performances from the ceremony will air on April 11 at 9 p.m. and April 15 at 7 p.m. on the station’s website.

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