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  • 07 Feb 2018
  • 20:00
  • The Arts Centre NYU Abu Dhabi

For the first time ever in the region, South Korean rising star and Chopin competition gold medalist Seong-Jin Cho will be playing for Abu Dhabi Classics in two performances: one in New York University Abu Dhabi and the other in Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara located next to the entrancing desert oasis of Liwa (Al Dhafra Region).

One of today’s most interesting young piano players, Seong-Jin Cho, has chosen a programme perfectly in line with his artistic choices. His predilection for Chopin has become a principle of his artistry and is reflected in the concert programme together with a tendency to explore Beethoven’s mastery with the classic sonata form as well as its later variations. 


Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, Pathétique
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30, Op.109
Debussy: Image Book 2
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 17. With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. 

Seong-Jin’s 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. He plays with conductors at the highest level such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Kzysztof Urbanski, Myung- Whun Chung, Vassily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa. Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin or Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra,

In 2017, Seong-Jin played recitals in some of the world’s most prestigious concert series with debuts at Carnegie Hall’s virtuoso series in the main hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul’s new Lotte Hall, Paris’s new Seine Musicale, KKL Lucerne or St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater. 

Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and music director Leonard Slatkin, National Symphony Orchestra and music director Gianandrea Noseda, Hessicher Rundfunk Orchester and music director Andrès Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Krzysztof Urbanski in Hamburg, Finnish Radio Orchestra with Gustavo Gimeno, and tours with the Santa Cecilia orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas, the WDR Sinfonie Orchester and Marek Janowski, the European Union Youth Orchestra ad Gianandrea Noseda with concerts at the BBC Proms, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin. He will also play recitals in key venues like Verbier Festival, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Rheingau Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Baden Baden Festspielhaus.

In 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration features Chopin’s 1st concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the four Ballades, released in November 2016. A solo Debussy album will be released in November 2017.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. He is now based in Berlin