Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 16. With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation.
In January 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration will feature Chopin’s 1st concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the four Ballades. It will be released in November 2016.
During the 2016/2017 season, Seong-Jin will play debut recitals at Carnegie Hall’s main hall, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists international series, Chamber Music San Francisco, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Lucerne’s KKL. He will tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in Asia, with the Russian National Symphony Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev in Europe and play concerts with the Orchestre de Paris at Paris Philharmonie, Santa Cecilia Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassili Petrenko, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with Myun-Whun Chung at Suntory Hall.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. In September, 2008 at the age of 14, he won the 1st prize at the 6th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition. In November, 2009 he won the 1st prize at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan (youngest winner in its history).