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Seong-Jin Cho returns to Shanghai to open the city's 10th 'Music in the Summer Air' festival / Shine

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Seong-Jin Cho, the first Korean to win the International Chopin Competition in 2015, returned to Shanghai this week to perform with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to open the city's 10th Music in the Summer Air festival. The city was among the first places Cho, 25, played after winning the prestigious event in Warsaw four years ago. He has gone on to play 100 concerts a year, working with musical masters around the world. For the festival opening on Tuesday, Cho played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, under the baton of orchestra conductor Jaap van Zweden.

Cho enjoys almost K-pop star status in his home country, but inside the veneer of fame lurks a very sensitive soul. He seems genuinely troubled when asked what he listens to outside of classical music. He frowns and spends a few seconds pondering the question. "Outside of classical music?" he says, pausing again. "Actually, I don't know much about ..." Another short pause. "British bands, sometimes I listen to the Beatles, but I mostly listen to classical music," he says. "Unfortunately, I don't have much time even to listen to that. If I have time, I usually go for classical music."

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