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Seong-Jin Cho: Bio

Seong-Jin Cho (Korean: 조성진; born 28 May 1994) is a South Korean pianist won the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition (2015).

He has won the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008) and a piano competition in Hamamatsu, Japan (2009), as well as Third Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia (2011) and the Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv (2014). He has performed in concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (cond. Valery Gergiev), the French Radio, Czech, Seoul (all with Myung-whun Chung), Munich (cond. Lorin Maazel) and Ural (cond. Dmitry Liss) philharmonic orchestras, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (East Berlin) (cond. Marek Janowski), Russian National Orchestra (cond. Mikhail Pletnev) and Basel Symphony Orchestra (cond. Pletnev). He 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, including with recitals. 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.

1 Images I - Reflets dans l'eau
  
2 Images I - Hommage a Rameau
  
3 Images I - Mouvement  
4 Images II - Cloches a travers les feuilles
  
5 Images II - Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
  
6 Images II - Poissons d'or  
7 Children's Corner - Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum  
8 Children's Corner - Jimbo's Lullaby  
9 Children's Corner - Serenade for the Doll  
10 Children's Corner - The Snow is Dancing  
11 Children's Corner - The Little Shepherd  
12 Children's Corner - Golliwoggs's Cakewalk  
13 Suite Bergamasque - Prelude  
14 Suite Bergamasque - Menuet  
15 Suite Bergamasque - Clair de lune  
16 Suite Bergamasque - Passepied  
17 L'isle joyeuse  
Seong-Jin Cho / 2018 0221 WQXR Facebook Live
Seong-jin Cho- Interview in 2010 (with English Subtitles)
Seong-Jin Cho / 2018 0104 V LIVE, Press Conference
Seong-Jin Cho | TEDxKoreaTechU
Seong-Jin Cho / 2018 1205 JTBC Newsroom

Following his two previous Chopin albums on the Yellow Label, it is entirely fitting that Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, should turn to Debussy for his third album. Towards his life's close, the French composer edited the piano works of Chopin, an experience that reignited his creativity, opening his heart to music he had loved since childhood. In turn, Cho's connection to Debussy runs deep. "I have always loved Debussy's music, but my feeling for it has deepened during my studies with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire," Cho recalls. "Michel never presses me to accept his ideas on interpretation, which would be so easy for such a great master of Debussy's music. His lessons are like meetings in which we discuss my playing, talk about music and art, and allow things to develop naturally."

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