Celebrating Women of Guitar

San Diego Guitar Festival is proud to present its 2019 season concerts at its 2019 home, the Inamori Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG). From April 18 through April 27, 2019, JFG will partner once again with the San Diego Guitar Festival who continues their commitment to be a global ambassador for diverse artistic traditions. Featuring cutting-edge women performers, scholars and educators, the 2019 artists will share their expertise at various locations across San Diego, California.

Join us as we present the San Diego debut of three of the top international concert guitarists; Bokyung Byun, featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire for guitar, Jiji, playing on classical and electric guitar, and Alexandra Iranfar, singing a variety of songs for voice and guitar.


Admission to the concerts includes entrance to the garden and meet-the-artist reception following the concert. Free public parking is available in Balboa Park. Entrance located at the main entry gate in the Upper Garden. For inquiries about purchasing VIP parking in the Lower Garden lot please contact Jon Osio at events-marketing@niwa.org.

General Admission … $25 | Festival Pass … $65

JFG member, military, seniors (65+) Admission … $20 | Festival Pass … $50

Student Admission | Pre-sale and day of … $15

About the San Diego Guitar Festival

The San Diego Guitar Festival brings together an extraordinary, diverse group of internationally celebrated guitar artists and pedagogues. San Diego will be host to an array of performances, masterclasses, and demonstrations that will enthrall guitarists, students, music educators, and enthusiasts alike. Becoming a premier destination for international guitar performance and for the world's finest guitar educators, San Diego Guitar Festival artists will share their insight and artistry with the next generation of guitarists.

For more information on the San Diego Guitar Festival, please click here.

BOKYUNG BYUN | APRIL 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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 www.bokyungbyun.com.

JIJI | APRIL 20, 2019 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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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 has made history when entering the Curtis Institute of Music as one of the first two guitarists in their distinguished history.

ALEXANDRA IRANFAR | APRIL 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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 GRAMMY award winning composer, Christopher Tin.