Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II
Considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career. He was brought to the world’s attention when he won the coveted gold medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Mr. Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in January 2016. His first recording with the label, released in November 2016, features Chopin’s four ballades and First Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda. Mr. Cho released a solo Debussy recording in November 2017, and last November he released an album that features Mozart’s sonatas and D-Minor Piano Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
An active recitalist, Mr. Cho performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. During the 2018–2019 season, he plays the main stages of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle Maag, and Munich’s Prinzregententheater. He also performs at the Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and Rheingau Musik Festival.
Mr. Cho collaborates with renowned conductors who include Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Krzysztof Urbański, Marek Janowski, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Leonard Slatkin, and Mikhail Pletnev.
Born in Seoul in 1994, Mr. Cho began learning the piano at age six and gave his first public recital at age 11. He moved to Paris in 2012 to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire, where he graduated in 2015. Mr. Cho is currently based in Berlin.