Seong-Jin Cho is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. He won First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 2015. The following year he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first recording was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s First Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy album was released in November 2017 followed in 2018 by a Mozart album featuring Sonatas and the D minor Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
In November 2017 he stepped in for Lang Lang with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong-Kong and Seoul. An active recitalist, recently he has returned to the main stage of the Carnegie Hall and to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal (Berliner Philharmonic concert series), and will perform at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles Philharmonic recital series), and several other venues.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital at 11. In 2009 he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and in 2011 won Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2012 he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire from where he graduated in 2015.