Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and considered one of the most distinctive artists of the international classical scene. He was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the coveted First Prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
In 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first recording (2016) featured Chopin’s works: Piano Concerto in E Minor with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, and the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy recording was released a year later. Both albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. In 2018 he recorded a Mozart program with sonatas and Concerto in D Minor, KV 466 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
In the 2018/19 season, the artist returns to the main stage of Carnegie Hall where he had sold out in 2017. He will also return to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and will play recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle-Maag, Stockholm’s Konserthuset, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Chicago’s Mandel Hall, Lyon’s Auditorium, La Roque d’Antheron Festival, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Rheingau Festival among other venues.
During the next two seasons, Seong-Jin Cho will play with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda at the Barbican Centre, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Philharmonie, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Antonio Pappano, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Myung- Whun Chung. He will also tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda in venues like Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Robin Ticciati in Germany, the WDR Sinfonieorchester with Marek Janowski in Germany and Japan, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano in Asia. He collaborates with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Krzysztof Urbański, Fabien Gabel, Marek Janowski, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Leonard Slatkin or Mikhail Pletnev.
In 2017, he stepped in for Lang Lang with the Berliner Philharmoniker for concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Seoul. Other major orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Munchner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Rome, hr‑Sinfonieorchester.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital at age 11. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Beroff at the Paris Conservatoire. He is now based in Berlin.