Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 17. In January 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include concerts with the Hessicher Rundfunk Orchester and Andrès Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Krzysztof Urbanski and tours with the Santa Cecilia orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas, the WDR Sinfonie Orchester and Marek Janowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin. He will also play recitals in key venues like Verbier Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Baden Baden Festspielhaus and many others.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. In September, 2008 at the age of 14, he won the 1st prize at the 6th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition. In November, 2009 he won the 1st prize at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan (youngest winner in its history).
Seong-Jin has performed with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, under renowned conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.