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Biography

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 17. With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. In September, 2008 at the age of 14, he won the 1st prize at the 6th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition. In November, 2009 he won the 1st prize at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan (youngest winner in its history).

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Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 17. With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation.

 

Seong-Jin’s 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. He plays with conductors at the highest level such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Kzysztof Urbanski, Myung- Whun Chung, Vassily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa. Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin or Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra.

 

In 2017, Seong-Jin played recitals in some of the world’s most prestigious concert series with debuts at Carnegie Hall’s virtuoso series in the main hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series and recitals at Suntory Hall Seoul’s new Lotte Hall, Paris’s new Seine Musicale, KKL Lucerne or St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater.

 

Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and music director Leonard Slatkin, Hessicher Rundfunk Orchester and music director Andrès Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Krzysztof Urbanski in Hamburg, Finnish Radio Orchestra with Gustavo Gimeno, and tours with the Santa Cecilia orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas, the WDR Sinfonie Orchester and Marek Janowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin. He will also play recitals in key venues like Verbier Festival, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Kissinger Sommer Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Baden Baden Festspielhaus.

 

In 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration features Chopin’s 1st concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the four Ballades, released in November 2016. A solo Debussy album will be released in November 2017.

 

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. He is now based in Berlin

 

 

« 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.” Bachtrack, November 2015

 

« 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 F minor Fantasy, when the music seemed to be suspended in mid-air on agossamer thread of sound; the Four Mazurkas, Op 33 too seemed to inhabit aworld that Cho had imagined just for them. » The Guardian, March 2016

 

 

« Everything is poetic, introspective, graceful » The Financial Times, November 2015

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