Born in Seoul in 1994, Seong-Jin Cho began playing piano at the age of six. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, from which he graduated in 2015. He now lives in Berlin.
Laureate of the prestigious musical competitions including the Sixth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2009), the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011) and the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. In 2015 he was awarded First Prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw becoming the first Korean pianist to achieve that. His live album from the competition has since registered a total of nine-times platinum sales in Korea and achieved gold status in Poland, the land of Chopin’s birth.
In summer 2016 Seong-Jin Cho performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky International Festival in Vladivostok. He also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Orchestra, as well as with major conductors including Myung-Wun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Mikhail Pletnev and many others.
In January 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. His first album, dedicated exclusively to Chopin (four ballades and First concerto) was released in November 2016. In November 2017 his solo album with Debussy’s works was released.
His engagements for the 2017–2018 season include concerts at the Seoul Arts Center, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokio, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Opéra de Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Singapore among others.
Information for April 2018