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Seong-Jin Cho

Seong-Jin Cho

Seong-Jin Cho

* 28.05.1994

Seong-Jin Cho won First Prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in October 2015, and also received the polonaise award.

With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has rapidly gained international renown, becoming one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. 

Following his victory in the Chopin Competition, he signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, helped by the recently established collaboration between DGG and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, which led to the release on DGG of the Korean pianist's debut album, featuring selected performances recorded during the Chopin Competition. That disc has enjoyed spectacular success, beyond anything seen in classical music for quite some time: more than 130,000 copies sold in less than half a year. Cho's second album of concert recordings is now being released by the Chopin Institute.

Born in 1994, in Seoul, South Korea, he began learning piano at six and gave his first public recital five years later, at the age of eleven. He initially attended the class of S. R. Park and S. J. Shin in Seoul, before studying with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2008, he won the VI International Chopin Competition in Moscow. In 2009, he won First Prize in the VIII International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu, becoming the youngest winner in the competition's history, and also received the special prize for the best interpretation of a work by a Japanese composer. In addition, he also won Third Prize in the XIV International Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011) and Third Prize in the XIV International Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (2014).

Seong-Jin Cho has performed with a number of noted orchestras, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra, under such conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Future engagements include concerts with various orchestras, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, Yuri Temirkanov, Grzegorz Nowak and others. In the 2015/2016 season, Seong-Jin will give debut recitals at the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, the Concertgebouw Recital Hall, St John's Smith Square in London (International Piano series) and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and will make recital tours of China and Japan. He will also appear in various music festivals, including the Prague Spring, Ruhr Piano Festival, Annecy Music Festival and Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw.


 

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