Seong-Jin Cho, piano

May 1, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City, MO 63130

Great Artists Series

Pavane pour une Infante défunte by Ravel
Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel
Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 by Chopin
Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 by Chopin
Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 by Chopin
Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54 by Chopin

“Cho is a master. He displayed an impressive variety of tonal colors and remarkable technique, dispatched with jaw-dropping panache. He had something to say and communicated it well.” – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has made his mark as one of the consummate talents of his generation and most distinctive artists on the current music scene. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colorful playing can combine panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.
Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. In January 2016, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first recording was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda as well as the Four Ballades.  A solo Debussy recital was released in November 2017, followed in 2018 by a Mozart album featuring Sonatas K281 and K332 and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. All albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. Cho’s latest album on the Yellow Label, titled The Wanderer and released in May 2020, features Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.
Highlights of Cho’s 2021/22 season include performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester and Alain Altinoglu, New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel and return invitations to the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden. 2020/21 season included his return the Berliner Philharmoniker with Andris Nelsons and debuts with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Recent orchestral highlights include performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Jakub Hrůša and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap Van Zweden.
An active recitalist very much in demand, Seong-Jin Cho performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series, Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Master Pianists series, Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal (Berliner Philharmoniker concert series), Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Prinzregententheater Munich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Festival International de piano de la Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival. During the coming season he gives debut solo recitals at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Festspielhaus Bregenz, Victoria Hall Geneva and Wigmore Hall.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital aged 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. From 2012-2015 he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and is now based in Berlin.

Seong-Jin Cho is represented by Primo Artists, New York, NY.

**All programs subject to change

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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