With his overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho (b. 1994) has risen as one of the distinctive artists of his generation. His thoughtful, virtuosic and colorful playing combines panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.
Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six in Seoul. From 2012-2015 he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
In 2015 Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention by winning the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Prior to that Cho had become the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2009), and Third Prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011).
Since signing an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2016, Cho has released 6 critically acclaimed albums. First one features Chopin’s Four Ballades and Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda (2016). After that Cho has recorded Debussy, Mozart, Berg, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. The latest album includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Scherzi (2021).
At the moment Cho works with prestigious orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, LA Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductors he works with include Iván Fischer, Jakub Hrůša, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a soloist Cho embarks on several international tours, such as those with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov and Philharmonia and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
As a recitalist Seong-Jin Cho has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Konzerthaus Vienna, Festival International de piano de la Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier Festival, and Rheingau Musik Festival.