With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colorful playing can combine panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.

Cho was brought to the world’s attention in Fall 2015 when he won the coveted Gold Medal at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. This same competition launched the careers of world-class artists such as ‎Martha Argerich, ‎Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson and ‎Krystian Zimerman. Within one month, a recording of Cho’s live competition highlights was rush-released by Deutsche Grammophon, propelling the pianist to pop-star status in South Korea. The album achieved multi-platinum sales within a week of its release and triggered a sales frenzy at stores across the country. It reached No. 1 in the nation’s pop album chart and has sold well over 150,000 copies to date worldwide.

In January 2016, following on the success of the debut disc, Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration features Chopin’s First Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades, released to critical acclaim in November 2016. A solo Debussy album will be released in November 2017.

Cho is an active recitalist and performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. In 2017, he made debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Keyboard Virtuosos series in a sold-out Stern Auditorium, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul’s new Lotte Hall, Paris’s new Seine Musicale, Edinburgh International Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, KKL Lucerne and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.

He collaborates with conductors at the highest level such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, KzysztofUrbanski, Marek Janowski, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa, Leonard Slatkin and Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra.

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Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include tours with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson-Thomas, WDR Sinfonieorchesterand Marek Janowski, and European Union Youth Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, with concerts at the BBC Proms, Berlin Konzerthaus and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. He makes appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra both under Gianandrea Noseda’s baton, Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Andrès Orozco-Estrada, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Krzysztof Urbanski in Hamburg and Finnish Radio Orchestra with Hannu Lintu. He will play recitals in key venues like Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Verbier Festival, Rheingau Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival and Baden Baden Festspielhaus.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital at age 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroffat the Paris Conservatoire and he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.

 

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LISTEN: HEAR SEONG-JIN CHO’S EDINBURGH RECITAL ON BBC RADIO

Last week on August 11, 2017, our newly signed artist Seong-Jin Cho performed a recital at the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland’s most famous festival!

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PIANIST SEONG-JIN CHO SIGNS WITH PRIMO ARTISTS

NEW YORK (August 14, 2017) — Primo Artists announces the signing of 23-year-old pianist Seong-Jin Cho to its roster for North/South American representation …

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SEONG-Jin’S TWEETS

“Cho has been elevated straight to the big time.”
“Cho appears to have the musical potential to take his place alongside the greats of the past. He has earned praise, not only for his bulletproof technique, but also for his artistic voice: his sense of drama, his natural nobility and his youthfully searching interpretations.”
“In its elegant command of narrative structures, Cho’s recording of the Chopin Ballades bears a resemblance to Zimerman’s, but Cho’s readings are also enlivened by a freshness of detail.”
“Cho is clearly a thoughtful and assertive artist.”
“What Cho boasts, as old-fashioned as this may sound, is a poetic sensibility that evokes the fantastical sound world of the early Romantics. He deployed his technique, panache and his elusive expressive manner to create a new sound world again and again.”
“Don’t let the competition medal fool you. This guy’s an artist.”
“Everything is poetic, introspective, graceful.”
“Cho may be among the greats.”
“There are already moments in Cho’s performances that have a sense of something really special. In this recital, the first of them came at the end of the Chopin F Minor Fantasy, when the music seemed to be suspended in mid-air on a gossamer thread of sound; the Four Mazurkas, Op. 33 too seemed to inhabit a world that Cho had imagined just for them.”
“Cho has an enviable ability to make every note sound distinct and clear, shaping and balancing each phrase perfectly… He superbly demonstrated his understanding of Chopin’s stated intent: ‘calm and melancholy, giving the impression of a thousand happy memories. It’s a kind of moonlight reverie on a beautiful spring evening.”
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“Never sentimental and yet sometimes poignant, Cho takes us on his bark on the musical flow, in a sort of giddy and blissful euphoria.”

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