Seong-Jin Cho at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre

Seong-Jin Cho at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre

Seong-Jin Cho coming to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on February 27, 2018 (Photo credit: Harald Hoffmann)

Seong-Jin Cho is currently embarked on his already successful tour of U.S. and Canada, which started this past month and will end in March. On Tuesday, February 27th, Seong-Jin is performing at the National Arts Centre in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, . He will be replacing Lang Lang, who is still recovering from tendinitis. Check out the details below:

Concert Information:
When: Tuesday, February 27th at 8pm
Where: National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

Program:
BEETHOVEN Sonata in C Minor “Pathétique”
BEETHOVEN Sonata in E Major
DEBUSSY Images (Book 2)
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B Minor

Seong-Jin told Peter Hum from the The Ottawa Citizen: “For concerts, I become much more free than in competitions. I express freely what I think and what I feel. Of course, I’m a little bit nervous before the concert, but compared to the competition, it is nothing.

Hum also writes: “Regarding the program that will play in North America, Cho says that he’s pleased to present two Beethoven sonatas, in part because ‘Beethoven is the composer I respect the most, because he was really adventurous, and his music is full of imagination, and he was really a progressive composer.’”

In an interview with Jennifer Liu of Ludwig van Montréal, Seong-Jin says: “Of course, I prepare as much as possible and I don’t want the audience to be disappointed. I try to play the best that I can – always. The most important thing is: respect the composer and try to understand the meaning of the score or what they’re willing to say”

About the second half of the program, Seong-Jin shares with Liu: “I recorded Debussy pieces last year, the album was released last November. Debussy really loved Chopin – there are some similarities, like using rubato, and there are a lot of colours. Debussy’s music is also poetic, so I’m excited to play Chopin and Debussy in the second half.”

For more information on the upcoming tour dates, check out the links below:
February 27, 2018 at 8pm: National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON
February 28, 2018 at 7:30pm: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs CO
March 2, 2018 at 8pm: Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale AZ
March 3, 2018 at 4pm and 8pm: Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo CA (8pm Sold Out)
March 4, 2018 at 3pm: Chamber Music San Francisco, Herbst Theater, San Francisco CA
March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm: Rockefeller University, New York NY (Sold Out)