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JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition
Named in honor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director, the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition was launched in 2004 by WNED-FM, WNED-TV and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the world’s first concerto competition for classical guitarists with accompaniment by a full symphony orchestra. The Falletta Competition was established to help identify and encourage talented young classical guitarists and help them on their musical journeys.


WNED | WBFO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.


The competition will be taking place on June 6, 7 and 9, 2018.


The semifinals will take place in the WNED-TV Studios in downtown Buffalo on June 6 and 7, with the finals being held at Kleinhans Music Hall on June 9. The semifinals will be broadcast live on Classical 94.5 WNED and streamed online here on our website, at the Classical 94.5 WNED Facebook page and on the WNED | WBFO YouTube channel Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7 at 7:30pm.


For more information about the JoAnn Falletta International Concerto Competition click here.
Finals-Saturday, June 9 at 9:30pm
The finalist of the 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition are Bokyung Byun of Korea, Congyi Zhang of China, and Tenggue “T.Y.” Zhang of China. They will perform with the full Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. This is your chance to hear rarely-performed music by some of the world's best guitarists and cast your vote for the audience favorite award.
Liona Boyd, First Lady of Classical Guitar, will be presented the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

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2018 Semi-finalists

Liona Boyd Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition

Liona Boyd, “First Lady of the Guitar,” will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 9.

Semi-finals Day Two | Watch Online Now

On Day 2 (June 7), the remaining four competitors will perform live with an accompanist at the WNED Studios, and the judges will select three finalist to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the Finals on Saturday, June 9.

Day Two Semi-finalist:
  • Jack Cimo, a seasoned chamber musician and soloist who has been active in competitions as both an organizer and competitor, representing the United States.
  • Junhong Kuang, a 17 year old who has recorded for Naxos and won top prizes in the ARD Music Competition, representing China.
  • Igor Klokov, a graduate student at Mainz Hochschule fur Musik/Koblenz and winner of many guitar competitions in Europe, representing Russia.
  • Chinnawat Themkumwun, a 37-time prizewinner in Asia and Europe, representing Thailand.
Semi-finals Day One | Watch Online Now

Watch the Semi-finals streaming here, Wednesday , June 6 at 7:30pm! The first four semi-finalists in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition perform live with an accompanist from the WNED Studios. TheSemi-finals will also be broadcast live on Classical 94.5 WNED.

Day One Semi-finalists:
  • Tengyue “TY” Zhang, the first-prize winner of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artists Competition, representing China.
  • Bokyung Byun, a multi-competition winner and doctoral candidate at University of Southern California who has been performing publicly since age 11, representing South Korea.
  • Congyi Zhang, a graduate student at Mannes School of Music and frequent performer throughout Canada and the United States, representing China.
  • Bradly Pupa, a faculty member at California Conservatory of Music and a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory, representing the United States.
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