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 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, 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, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


Highlights of Seong-Jin Cho’s 2022/23 season include performances of the Brahms piano concerti at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He notably returns to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Zubin Mehta, to the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons and performs the world premiere of Thierry Escaich’s new piano concerto with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov. A highly sought-after touring soloist, Cho embarks on several international tours, including those with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle to Japan and Korea, with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Myung-Whun Chung in Dresden and in Korea. He also performs with the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, touring throughout Germany in Spring 2023.

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, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Vienna, Prinzregententheater München, 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 the likes of Carnegie Hall, Boston Celebrity Series, Walt Disney Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Liederhalle Stuttgart, at Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien and he debuts in recital at the Barbican London. Cho also returns, three times this season, to Japan where he first appears in recital performances in Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokosuka in August 2022.

Seong-Jin Cho’s most recent recording is of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scherzi with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, released in August 2021 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 2022/2023


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:

09.12.2022

Soka Performing Arts Center

Aliso Viejo

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11.12.2022

Jordan Hall Boston

Boston

16.12.2022

Tainan Cultural Center

Tainan City

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06.01.2023

Benaroya Hall Seattle

Seattle

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08.01.2023

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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12.01.2023

The John F. Kennedy Center

Washington

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13.01.2023

The John F. Kennedy Center

Washington

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14.01.2023

The John F. Kennedy Center

Washington

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27.01.2023

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Frankfurt

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02.02.2023

Mozarteum Salzburg

Salzburg

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05.02.2023

NDR Hannover

Hannover

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06.02.2023

Tonhalle Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

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08.02.2023

Laeiszhalle

Hamburg

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13.02.2023

Barbican Centre

London

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16.02.2023

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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19.02.2023

Musikverein Wien

Wien

16.03.2023

Rudolfinum

Praha 1

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17.03.2023

Rudolfinum

Praha 1

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18.03.2023

Rudolfinum

Praha 1

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12.04.2023

Carnegie Hall Corp.

New York

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14.04.2023

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Galveston

09.05.2023

Konzert- und Kongresszentrum Harmonie

Heilbronn

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10.05.2023

Konzerthaus Freiburg

Freiburg

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11.05.2023

Isarphilharmonie

München

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12.05.2023

Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

Nürnberg

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14.05.2023

Audimax der Universität Regensburg

Regensburg

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15.05.2023

Kölner Philharmonie

Köln

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17.05.2023

Philharmonie Essen

Essen

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18.05.2023

Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Bologna

Your contact persons:

General Management:

Kellie Mills Chappell

+44 20 7395 09-35

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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News.

Seong-Jin Cho on tour in Japan and Korea with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Seong-Jin Cho in Korea

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Seong-Jin Cho celebrates his Zurich debut

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Seong-Jin Cho returns to Japan in recital

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Seong-Jin Cho at the Baden-Baden Festival

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Tanglewood 2022

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Debut with orchestra at the Musikverein Vienna

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Debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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Seong-Jin Cho makes his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall tonight

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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