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.