Soloist

Seong-Jin Cho

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has made his mark as one of the consummate talents of his generation and most distinctive artists on the current music scene. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colourful 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. In January 2016, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. An artist high in demand, Cho works with the world's most prestigious orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductors he regularly works with include Myung-Whun Chung, Iván Fischer, Jakub Hrůša, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


Highlights of Seong-Jin Cho’s 2021/22 season include debuts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Alain Altinoglu, Bamberger Symphoniker with Andrew Manze and Mozarteumorchester with Jörg Widmann. He returns to the LA 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. A highly sought-after touring soloist, Cho embarks on several international tours, including those with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov as well as Philharmonia and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

An active recitalist very much in demand, Seong-Jin Cho performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series, Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Master Pianists series, Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Festival International de piano de la Roque d'Anthéron, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival. During the coming season he gives debut solo recitals at Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Prinzregententheater Munich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Auditorium Rainier Monte-Carlo and Konserthuset Stockholm.

The first recording with Deutsche Grammophon was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Four Ballades with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda. A solo Debussy recital was released in November 2017, followed in 2018 by a Mozart album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Cho’s latest album on the Yellow Label, titled The Wanderer and released in May 2020, features Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. All albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. Cho looks forward to the release of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Scherzi in August 2021.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital aged 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 at the age of 17. From 2012-2015 he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and has been mentored by Alfred Brendel. Seong-Jin Cho is now based in Berlin.

SEASON 2021/2022


Orchestra.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields on tour in May 2023 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

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Philharmonia Orchestra

With Seong-Jin Cho and Pekka Kuusisto as soloists, the Philharmonia Orchestra, under the direction of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, embarks on a tour.

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The next dates:

25.10.2021

Wigmore Hall

London

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30.10.2021

Amici della Musica, Teatro della Pergola Firenze

Firenze

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08.11.2021

Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Roma

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10.11.2021

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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11.11.2021

Prinzregententheater

München

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15.11.2021

Stadthalle Erkelenz

Erkelenz

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17.11.2021

Konzerthaus Wien

Wien

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19.11.2021

Salle Molière Lyon

Lyon

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23.11.2021

Teatro Duse

Bologna

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24.11.2021

Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Torino

Torino

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28.11.2021

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall

Saint Petersburg

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08.12.2021

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle Stuttgart

Stuttgart

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30.12.2021

Radio France

Paris Cedex 16

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31.12.2021

Radio France

Paris Cedex 16

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02.01.2022

Grand Théâtre de Provence

Aix en Provence

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08.01.2022

Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Bochum

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09.01.2022

Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Bochum

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15.01.2022

Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin

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16.01.2022

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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02.03.2022

Koerner Hall Toronto

Toronto

04.03.2022

Eastman School of Music

Rochester

06.03.2022

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Newark

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07.03.2022

McCarter Theatre Company

Princeton

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11.03.2022

Wortham Theater Center

Houston

14.03.2022

Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

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24.03.2022

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

New York

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25.03.2022

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

New York

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26.03.2022

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

New York

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Sophia Herz-Grevesmühl

+49 30 5213 702-28

sophia.herz-grevesmuehl@kdschmid.de

General Management:

Andreas Flohr

+44 20 7395 09-30

andreas.flohr@kdschmid.co.uk

Karen McDonald

Managing Director

+44 20 7395 09-15

karen.mcdonald@kdschmid.co.uk

Dorothea Heinze

Associate Artist Manager

+44 20 7395 09-14

dorothea.heinze@kdschmid.co.uk

Senior Consultant Artists & Projects:

Ute Fesquet

+49 172 4542393

ute.fesquet@gmail.com

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Discography.

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Scherzi

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

08.2021, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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The Wanderer

Schubert, Berg, Liszt

05.2020, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 20 K 466; Sonatas K 281 and K 332

11.2018, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Debussy

Images, Children's Corner, Suite bergamasque, L'Isle jouyeuse

11.2017, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Chopin

Piano Concerto No. 1; Ballades

11.2016, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Press.

„The young soloist’s own superb technique—and restrain—was on display.“

Boston Classical Review, Andrew J. Sammut, 06.03.2020

„Cho is a master. He displayed an impressive variety of tonal colors and remarkable technique, dispatched with jaw-dropping panache. He had something to say and communicated it well.“

The Wall Street Journal, Barbara Jepson, 24.01.2019

„The South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho […] proved a soloist of real poise and refinement […], never lapsing into sentimentality, even when the gracious slow movement felt like the autumn-tinged elegy that the occasion required.“

The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard, 26.08.2018

„Cho is among the consummate artists performing today, destined to be among the pantheon of legends.“

San Francisco Classical Voice, Ken Lisaka, 04.06.2018