“Cho appears to have the musical potential to take his place alongside the greats of the past.”
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.
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.
REFLECTIONS ON SEONG-JIN CHO’S BERLIN PHILHARMONIC DEBUT
Seong-Jin Cho’s Berlin Philharmonic debut concerts in Berlin and Frankfurt have been received with unanimously high praise! One critic exclaimed: “The 23-year-old Korean Seong-Jin Cho expresses everything …
SIMON RATTLE PRAISES SEONG-JIN CHO AS A POET ON THE KEYBOARD
A few hours ahead of Sunday evening’s concert at the Seoul Arts Center, Simon Rattle, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, was relaxed and effusive in his praise of pianist Seong-Jin Cho …
SEONG-JIN RELEASES NEW DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON CD
Seong-Jin Cho’s newest album, entitled “Debussy”, has been released today on Deutsche Grammophon! It features Debussy’s Images, Children’s Corner, Suite Bergamasque, and L’Isle Joyeuse …
TUNE IN: BROADCAST OF SEONG-JIN CHO’S BERLIN PHIL DEBUT
Tune in tomorrow at 2pm NY time / 7pm Berlin time / 3am (+1 day) Seoul time, as Seong-Jin Cho makes his Berlin Philharmonic debut with Sir Simon Rattle! He will play Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto …
SEONG-JIN CHO TO STEP IN WITH SIMON RATTLE & BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
In November 2017, pianist Seong-Jin Cho will step in for an indisposed Lang Lang in his debut tour with the Berlin Philharmonic! There will be four concerts with Sir Simon Rattle in …
SEONG-JIN CHO TO RELEASE NEW DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ALBUM
In his latest recording, set for international release on November 17 via Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music, the classical music industry’s leading record company, 23-year-old South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho …
WATCH: SEONG-JIN CHO INTERVIEWS WITH KBS WORLD TV
Hear Cho talk about everything from the Chopin competition — “It’s an experience that I’ll never forget” — to the beginnings of his piano career — “I dreamt of becoming a pianist since I was young.”
WATCH: SEONG-JIN PERFORMS BEETHOVEN WITH MAESTRO CHUNG
On August 18, 2017, Seong-Jin Cho performed at the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul on the first anniversary of the hall’s opening. Myung Whun Chung led …
LISTEN: HEAR THE BROADCAST OF SEONG-JIN’S WARSAW RECITAL
On August 15, 2017, Seong-Jin Cho returned to Warsaw where he has been an audience favorite since winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2015.
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!
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 …