First Prize Winner at the 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho made clear his intense reflection and expressive insight, qualities apt to connect with audiences at the deepest levels of imagination and emotion. The young South Korean pianist’s mature musicianship and refined artistry has won a significant international following, underlined by the pop-chart-topping status of his Deutsche Grammophon debut album and invitations to appear at the world’s foremost concert halls. Cho made several high-profile recital debuts this past season, notably at Carnegie Hall and as part of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series. Recital tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, and the United States, while orchestral solo performances have had him performing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

“Everything is poetic, introspective, graceful” Financial Times

Born in Seoul, he began playing piano at the age of six. His love for the instrument deepened after he began serious studies in 2004, and in 2008, Seong-Jin Cho won the Sixth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. The following year, he took First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2012 he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire.

Paving the way to his victory at the Chopin International Competition, he had multiple successes with Third Prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.  When Deutsche Grammophon released performances recorded live during the 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition, the all-Chopin album was propelled to No.1 spot in the Korean pop chart. It has since registered a total of nine-times platinum sales in Korea, achieved gold status in Poland, the land of Chopin’s birth, and attracted a worldwide following.

 “the restraint and subtle discrimination of Cho’s playing, combined with his silvery, never fulsome sound, is constantly beguiling … nothing is done just for show; it’s all about the music” The Guardian

“… this latest Chopin Competition winner can stand proud next to the likes of such illustrious past winners as Pollini, Argerich and Zimerman” Pianist

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