Seong-Jin Cho

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Seong-Jin Cho
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Cho in 2016
Background information
Born (1994-05-28) May 28, 1994 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Instruments Piano
Labels Deutsche Grammophon
Korean name
Hangul 조성진
Hanja 趙成珍
Revised Romanization Jo Seongjin
McCune–Reischauer Cho Sŏngjin

Seong-Jin Cho (Korean: 조성진; born May 28, 1994)[1] is a South Korean pianist. He rose to fame within South Korea and the international classical music world in 2015 after winning the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition, becoming the first South Korean pianist to do so.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cho was born on May 28, 1994, in Seoul, South Korea.[1] He began playing the piano at a young age and gave his first public recital when he was 12 years old.[3] He graduated from Seoul Arts High School[4] and studied at the Conservatoire de Paris as a student of Michel Béroff.[3]


Cho has won the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2009), and Third Prizes in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia (2011) and the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition 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 violinist Kyung Wha Chung. In 2017 he gave his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle replacing Lang Lang during parts of the Asia tour of the orchestra.


Title Album details Peak chart positions



Seong-Jin Cho (Winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition) 1 No data 18 11
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1
  • Released: November 25, 2016
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
5 15 10
  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
11 35 20 19
Beethoven: Piano Concerto & Symphony No.5
with Myung-whun Chung
  • Released: August 14, 2018
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
"—" denotes album did not chart or was not released in that region.



  1. ^ a b "新피아노의 시인, 조성진". Yeoseong JoongAng (in Korean). 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b Park, Bo-ram (2018-09-03). "Deutsche Grammophon celebrates 120th anniv. with gala with Cho Seong-jin in Seoul". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Chin, Simon (2017-07-14). "Winning a renowned piano competition put Seong-Jin Cho on road to stardom". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  4. ^ Lee, Yu-jin (December 2015). "쇼팽 콩쿠르 한국인 첫 우승, 조성진을 말하다". Lady Kyunghyang Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Top Albums Classique". Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Official Classical Artist Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  8. ^ "Classical Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Pianist Cho Seong-jin hopes to expand repertoire beyond Chopin". Yonhap News Agency. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  10. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2009-11-23). "15-Year-Old Becomes 1st Asian Winner of Hamamatsu Contest". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 

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