“… this latest Chopin Competition winner can stand proud next to the likes of such illustrious past winners as Pollini, Argerich and Zimerman”, Pianist, February 2016
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 on the current music scene. 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.
Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. This same competition launched the careers of world-class artists such as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, or Krystian Zimerman.
Seong-Jin signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and already recorded three albums which won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. The first one was released in 2016 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy recital was then released in 2017, followed in 2018 by a Mozart album featuring sonatas and the D minor concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick-Nézet-Seguin. A fourth recording will be released in March 2020.
An active recitalist, he performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the Master Pianists series, Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal (Berliner Philharmoniker concert series), Konzerthaus Vienna, main hall of Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Helsinki’s Musikkitalo, Suntory Hall, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Washington’s Kennedy Center, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Festival among several other venues.
Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, Gewandhaus Orchester and Antonio Pappano, London Philharmonic with Robin Ticciati, New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden on tour, Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick-Nézet-Seguin on tour, Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Jakub Hrusa, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Boston Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, London Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda, Staatskapelle Dresden with Myung-Whun Chung, Finnish Radio Orchestra with Hannu Lintu.
In the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, Seong-Jin will tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ed Gardner, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Gustavo Gimeno, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer. He will make his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic & Marek Janowski, will return to Carnegie hall with the National Symphony Orchestra and Noseda, and play again with the Berlin Philharmonic and Ivan Fischer in Berlin, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, or the WDR Sinfonieorchester and music director Cristian Măcelaru.
Seong-Jin will also be artist in residence at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and play recitals on the main stage of Vienna’s Konzerthaus, at the Cologne Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Duke Performances in Durham, North Carolina, Victoria Hall Geneva, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and Verbier Festival. In September 2020 he will play Beethoven’s 5 Concertos in one week end with Marek Janowski and the Dresdner Philharmonie to celebrate the Beethoven year.
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 from which he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.