“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 recording was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s First Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy disc was then released in November 2017. Both albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. In 2018, he releases a Mozart album featuring sonatas and the D minor concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick-Nézet-Seguin.
An active recitalist, he performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. In the 2018/19 season, he will return to the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series where he had sold out the hall in 2017. He will return to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the Master Pianists series and play recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Los Angeles’ Disney Concert Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle-Maag, Stockholm’s Konserthuset, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Chicago’s Mandel Hall, Lyon’s Auditorium, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Rheingau Festival among several other venues.
During the next two seasons, he will play with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda at the Barbican Centre, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio Franceand Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Antonio Pappano, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Finnish Radio Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick-Nézet-Seguinand Orchestra della Scala with Myung-Whun Chung. He will tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda to venues like Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Robin Ticciati in Germany; WDR Sinfonieorchester and Marek Janowski in Germany and Japan; and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano in Asia.
Cho collaborates with conductors at the highest level such as Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Kzysztof Urbanski, Marek Janowski, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa, Leonard latkin and Mikhail Pletnev.
In November 2017, Cho stepped in for Lang Lang and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for sold-out concerts with Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong-Kong and Seoul. Other major orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, RAI Symphony Orchestra and Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester.
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 Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.
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