Soloist

Seong-Jin Cho

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

With an innate musicality and overwhelming talent, Seong-Jin Cho has established himself worldwide as one of the leading pianists 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 First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, and his career has rapidly ascended since. In early 2016, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and in 2023 Cho was awarded the prestigious Samsung Ho-Am Prize in the Arts, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the world of classical music. An artist high in demand, Cho works with the world's most prestigious orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lahav Shani.


Highlights of Seong-Jin Cho’s 2023/24 season include his anticipated debut at the Salzburger Festspiele with the Mozarteumorchester and Ivor Bolton, and his return to London’s BBC Proms with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. He notably returns to the Concertgebouworkest, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra, giving performances in both Boston and Carnegie Hall, and makes anticipated debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. A highly sought-after touring soloist, Cho embarks on several international tours, including with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko in Korea, and with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons in Korea and Japan. He also performs with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Gianandrea Noseda throughout Europe in Spring 2024.

An active recitalist very much in demand, Seong-Jin Cho appears in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the main stage of Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Prinzregententheater München, Barbican London, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Festival International de piano de la Roque d'Anthéron, and Verbier Festival. During the coming season he is engaged to perform solo recitals at halls including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, KKL Luzern, Sala Santa Cecilia, Megaron Athens and Carnegie Hall.

Seong-Jin Cho's latest recording is his solo album entitled The Handel Project, released in February 2023, and in August 2021, he released Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scherzi with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda for Deutsche Grammophon. He had previously recorded his first album with the same orchestra and conductor featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Four Ballades. His solo album titled The Wanderer was released in May 2020 and features Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. A solo Debussy recital was also released in November 2017, followed by a Mozart album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018. All albums have been released on the Yellow Label and have garnered impressive critical acclaim worldwide.

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. Seong-Jin Cho is now based in Berlin.

SEASON 2023/2024

The next dates:

06.03.2024

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Paris

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08.03.2024

Philharmonie Essen

Essen

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10.03.2024

Société de Musique de La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds

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11.03.2024

Fundação Casa da Música Porto

Porto

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13.03.2024

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern - KKL

Luzern

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15.03.2024

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Frankfurt

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17.03.2024

Teatro Fernando de Rojas - Círculo de Bellas Artes

Madrid

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18.03.2024

Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao

Bilbao

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22.03.2024

Concert-en congresgebouw de Doelen

Rotterdam

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10.04.2024

Royal Festival Hall, London

London

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18.04.2024

Konserthuset Stockholm

Stockholm

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19.04.2024

Göteborgs Konserthus

Göteborg

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20.04.2024

Västerås Konserthus

Västerås

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25.04.2024

Radio France

Paris

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28.04.2024

Konzerthaus Dortmund

Dortmund

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29.04.2024

Congress Center Rosengarten

Mannheim

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03.05.2024

Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo

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07.05.2024

Seoul Arts Center

Seoul

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15.05.2024

Caramoor Center for Music and Arts

Katonah

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17.05.2024

Carnegie Hall Corp.

New York

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24.05.2024

Rudolfinum

Praha

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25.05.2024

Palais im Großen Garten Dresden

Dresden

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Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

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Discography.

The Handel Project

Handel-Suites & Brahms-Variations

02.2023, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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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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News.

Seong-Jin Cho: European solo recital tour

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the Concertgebouworkest

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Seong-Jin Cho on Asia Tour with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons

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Start of Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on Asia tour

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the Musikverein Wien

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the London Philharmonia

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the BBC Proms

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Seong-Jin Cho debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele 2023

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Kazuki Yamada and Seong-Jin Cho to tour Japan

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Seong-Jin Cho steps in with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

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Seong-Jin Cho on Tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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BBC Proms programm anouncement

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to the Czech Philharmonic with world premiere of Thierry Escaich’s Symphonic Etudes

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Seong-Jin Cho in Korea

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Press.

„“Cho mastered the first movement [Tchaikovsky] with youthful vigour and tamed energy, without superficial virtuosity and grand gestures, but with astonishing technique and accuracy.”“

Online Merker, Ingrid Gerk, 27.02.2023

„[…] an absolute master of clarifying textures with multiple shades of colour and touch; an expert juggler too, able to respect baroque sprightliness while also using a modern piano’s resources to warm and expand the music’s aura.“

The Times, Geoff Brown, 22.02.2023

„Cho revelled in the charm and endless variety of textures and dancelike rhythms, rising to the occasion at every turn, an inspired performance of a work that demands nothing less.“

Bachtrack, Chris Garlick, 14.02.2023

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

Boston Classical Review, Andrew J. Sammut, 06.03.2020

„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