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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The next dates:

15.07.2022

Festspielhaus und Festspiele Baden-Baden gGmbH

Baden-Baden

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17.07.2022

Festspielhaus und Festspiele Baden-Baden gGmbH

Baden-Baden

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20.07.2022

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Vail

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24.07.2022

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

26.07.2022

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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28.07.2022

St. Nikolai Schelfkirche Schwerin

Schwerin

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30.07.2022

Reithalle Schloss Wotersen

Wotersen

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31.07.2022

Rellinger Kirche

Rellingen

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01.08.2022

Ved Kirken

Skagen

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02.08.2022

Schloss Johannisberg

Geisenheim

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06.08.2022

Serlachius Museum Gösta

Mänttä-Vilppula

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07.08.2022

Usher Hall Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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23.08.2022

Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre Nagoyashi

Nagoya-shi Aichi

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25.08.2022

Opera City Concert Hall Tokyo

Tokyo

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27.08.2022

Yokosuka Arts Theatre

Yokosuka

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15.09.2022

Auditorium de Radio France

Paris

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01.10.2022

WeiWuYing National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

Kaohsiung

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09.10.2022

Kitakyushu Soleil Hall

Kitakyushu City

11.10.2022

Daegu Concert House

Daegu

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12.10.2022

Daejeon Arts Center

Deajeon

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13.10.2022

LG Arts Center

Seoul

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14.10.2022

Lotte Concert Hall Seoul

Seoul

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15.10.2022

Seoul Arts Center

Seoul

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21.10.2022

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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22.10.2022

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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23.10.2022

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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28.10.2022

L’Auditori de Barcelona

Barcelona

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29.10.2022

L’Auditori de Barcelona

Barcelona

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30.10.2022

L’Auditori de Barcelona

Barcelona

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Kellie Mills Chappell

+44 20 7395 09-12

kellie.mills@kdschmid.co.uk

Karen McDonald

Managing Director

+44 20 7395 09-15

karen.mcdonald@kdschmid.co.uk

Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

Sophia Herz-Grevesmühl

+49 30 5213 702-28

sophia.herz-grevesmuehl@kdschmid.de

Carlotta Zeltner

Senior Artist Coordinator

+44 20 7395 09-16

carlotta.zeltner@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