Seong-Jin Cho, Piano
NY Recital Debut
First Prize Winner, 17th International Chopin Piano Competition (2015)
BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
BACH Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
At a Glance
ALBAN BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Composed while Berg was studying composition with Arnold Schoenberg, this short, single-movement piano sonata is both highly compact and richly expressive. According to a fellow pupil, Berg set out to write a traditional multi-movement sonata, but decided that he had said all he needed to say in one movement.
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, composed in the months leading up to his untimely death, are notable for the grandeur of their conception, the richness and complexity of their tonal relationships, and the intricate interweaving of lyricism and drama. The powerful and highly virtuosic C-Minor Sonata exploits the rich, clear, and evenly balanced sound characteristic of the Viennese pianos that Schubert played.
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28
In an age replete with keyboard virtuosos, Chopin’s combination of bravura technique and poetic feeling defined a new school of Romantic pianism. Patterned after Bach’s keyboard preludes in all 24 major and minor keys, Chopin’s 24 Preludes pack a weighty musical and emotional punch despite their extreme brevity. Franz Liszt, whose own tone poems were strongly influenced by Chopin, characterized them as “poetic preludes, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet, who cradles the soul in golden dreams, and elevates it to the regions of the ideal.”
Considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Seong-Jin Cho came to the world's attention in October 2015 when he won first prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Mr. Cho also won third prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition when he was 17 years old.
During the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Cho performs debut recitals at Munich's Herkulessaal, Chamber Music San Francisco, KKL Luzern, and as part of the Master Pianists series at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. He also tours Asia with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and in Europe with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev. Additional engagements this season include concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre de Paris; at Tokyo's Suntory Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung; with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Valery Gergiev; and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko.
Mr. Cho has performed with major orchestras that include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and NHK Symphony Orchestra under conductors who include Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Mr. Cho signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon in January 2016. The first CD in his collaboration with the label was released in November 2016 and features Chopin's First Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, as well as Chopin's four ballades.
Born in Seoul in 1994, Mr. Cho began studying the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital five years later. In September 2008, he won first prize at the Sixth Moscow International Frédéric Chopin Competition, and in November 2009, he became the youngest first-prize winner in the history of Japan's Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. Since 2012, Mr. Cho has lived in Paris, where he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.