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 Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, from which he graduated in 2015. He now lives in Berlin.
Laureate of the prestigious musical competitions including the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008; 1st prize), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan, 2009; 1st prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2011; 3rd prize) and the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (Tel Aviv, 2014; 3rd prize). In 2015 he was awarded 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the prestigious Fryderyk 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 South 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 in Vladivostok.
He also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the NHK Orchestra, as well as with major conductors including Myung-Wun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Mikhail Pletnev and many others.
He performs at the main stage of Carnegie Hall (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Kammermusiksaal der Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Prinzregententheater (Munich), the Liederhalle (Stuttgart), the Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron, the Verbier Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Moscow Easter Festival.
In January 2016 Seong-Jin Cho he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first recording was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda as well as the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy recital was released in November 2017, followed in 2018 by a Mozart album featuring Sonatas K281 and K332 and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. All albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. The album The Wanderer, released in May 2020, features Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.
Information for June 2021