Seong-Jin Cho Biography
Seung-Jin Cho (Korea, born May 28, 1994) is a pianist who is one of the foremost pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the Chopin Competition for young pianists in 2008 at age 14 and he won first prize the 17th Chopin Competition in October 2015 at age 21. In between, Cho won first prize at a piano competition in Hamamatsu, Japan in 2009, third prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and third prize at the Rubinstein Competition in 2014.
Childhood and Youth
Seung-Jin Cho was born in Seoul. He began to play the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital five years later when he was 11 years old. He graduated from Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in Korea. Currently he is a student of Michel Beroff at the Paris Conservatoire.
He has performed in concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and with conductor Myung-Whun Chung with the French Radio, Czech and Seoul philharmonic orchestras. He also appeared with the Munich (Lorin Maazel) and Ural philharmonic orchestras (Dmitry Liss). With conductor Marek Janowski he performed with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, and with conductor Mikhail Pletnev with the Russian National Orchestra and the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
Cho has toured Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Poland, Israel, China and the US. He has appeared at the Tokyo Opera, in Osaka, at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He has participated in numerous European festivals, including in St Petersburg, Moscow, Duszniki-Zdrój and Cracow, as well as festivals in New York and Castleton. As a chamber musician, he has been invited to work with the outstanding violinist Kyung Wha Chung.
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