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Pianist Seong-Jin Cho Steps in Tonight as Soloist with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

All-Rachmaninoff Program Is First of Three Performances This Weekend with
Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra

(New York, NY, February 25, 2022)—Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra today jointly announced that pianist Seong-Jin Cho will step in for Denis Matsuev, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall tonight, Friday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. This evening’s all-Rachmaninoff program is the first of three performances with Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the orchestra taking place at Carnegie Hall this weekend with concerts also scheduled for Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. As announced yesterday, Yannick Nézet-Séguin replaces Valery Gergiev for these concerts.

Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are deeply grateful to Seong-Jin Cho who agreed to fly from Berlin on very short notice for tonight’s performance.

This weekend’s complete concert programs are below. Concertgoers will be notified of this artist update directly. Ticketholders with questions can call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or email feedback@carnegiehall.org

About the Artists

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has made his mark as one of the consummate talents of his generation. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colorful playing combine panache with an impressive sense of balance.

Mr. Cho was brought to the world’s attention when he won the first prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The following January, he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. An artist in high demand, Mr. Cho works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Highlights of Mr. Cho’s 2021/22 season include debuts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic, each under their respective music directors, as well as Orchestre National de France with Cristian Măcelaru and Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach. He has collaborated with conductors Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden and has a long-standing musical partnership with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which includes a recording of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 on Deutsche Grammophon.

An active recitalist, Mr. Cho performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He made his New York recital debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in 2017 and returned to the Hall’s recital series in 2019.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Mr. Cho started studying piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital at 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won third prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Cho studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He is now based in Berlin.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed as Music Director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2018, adding this to his Music Directorship of The Philadelphia Orchestra (where he has served since 2012) and to the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), of which he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor since 2000. He joined Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernard Haitink to become the third-ever Honorary Member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 2016-2017. The end of his ten-year tenure with the Rotterdam Philharmonic coincided with the orchestra’s centenary celebrations in its home city and culminated in an acclaimed European summer festivals tour in 2018.

Maestro Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and has enjoyed many close collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as with London Philharmonic Orchestra of which he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. He has appeared several times at the BBC Proms and at many European festivals, among them Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Berlin and Grafenegg. North American summer appearances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lanaudière, Vail, and Saratoga. Once Chorus Master, Assistant Conductor, and Music Adviser at Opéra de Montréal, he has since conducted at the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Maestro Nézet-Séguin made his Carnegie Hall debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012. He was a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist in the 2019–2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. Most recently, he led The Philadelphia Orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala performance in October 2021, completing a five-concert Beethoven symphony cycle with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall earlier this month.
 

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There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In the course of its history, the orchestra has experienced and influenced the course of musical history around the world. To this day, prominent soloists and conductors refer to the unique “Viennese sound” as the outstanding quality that sets it apart from other orchestras.

Since its foundation by Otto Nicolai in 1842, the fascination that the orchestra has held for prominent composers and conductors—as well as for audiences all around the world—is based upon the conscious maintenance of a homogenous musical style, which is carefully bequeathed from one generation to the next, as well as a unique history and organizational structure. The pillars of the “Philharmonic idea,” which remain in place today, are a democratic organization that places the entire artistic and organizational decision-making process in the hands of the musicians themselves, and a close symbiosis with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. From the beginning, the orchestra has displayed a strong social consciousness, characterized by a commitment to individuals in need and the fostering of young musicians.

The orchestra’s touring activity commenced at the beginning of the 20th century and has since taken the orchestra to continents around the globe. In recent years, this has included regularly scheduled concerts in Germany, Japan, the US, and China.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs approximately 40 concerts annually in Vienna, including the New Year’s Concert and the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which are broadcast in numerous countries. The orchestra also has an annual summer residency at the Salzburg Festival and performs more than 50 concerts a year on its international tours. All of these activities underscore the reputation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as one of the world’s finest orchestras.
The orchestra has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. Since 2008, it has been supported by Rolex, its exclusive sponsor.

Program Information


Friday, February 25, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho, Piano

ALL-RACHMANINOFF PROGRAM
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 2

Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

Major support for this concert is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.

Tickets $80–$265.

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Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Major support for this concert is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.

Tickets $80–$265.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"

Major support for this concert is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.

Tickets $84–$280.

 

 

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