Seong-Jin Cho is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. The Wall Street Journal writes: “Cho is a master. He displayed an impressive variety of tonal colors and remarkable technique, dispatched with jaw-dropping panache.”
Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. This same competition launched the careers of world-class artists such as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson and Krystian Zimerman.
Highlights of Cho’s 2021/22 season include performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester and Alain Altinoglu, New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel and return invitations to the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden.
An active recitalist, he performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonic concert series, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Munich’s Prinzregententheater and Liederhalle Stuttgart.
January 2021 marked the 5th anniversary of Cho’s signing as an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. He has released many albums under the label, including the solo album featuring Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, which won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. Most recently, Cho released a duo album with esteemed baritone Matthias Goerne titled Im Abendrot.
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 Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.