Seong-Jin Cho Performs at Hahn Hall

Posted on Nov 12 by SEASONS Magazine

Seong Jin-Cho, photo courtesy of UCSB Arts and Lectures. Photographed by Harald Hoffmann.

Seong Jin-Cho, photo courtesy of UCSB Arts and Lectures. Photographed by Harald Hoffmann.

UCSB Arts & Lectures brings pianist Seong-Jin Cho to Santa Barbara on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West (1070 Fairway Rd.). Cho is widely considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. Ticket holders for the event can arrive an hour early for a party with complimentary tastings of local Casa Dumetz Wines and cheese platters from C’est Cheese.

“There’s no doubting the bright, forward technique of pianist Seong-Jin Cho,” says The Guardian.

Cho attracted worldwide attention in 2015 when he won the International Chopin Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. In his native country of South Korea, his concerts sell out in mere minutes and his recent multi-platinum album was the top-selling classical music release in a decade. His incredibly successful and rapidly expanding career has now brought him to the United States where he has recently made several high profile debuts, the most notable of which was a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.

Cho exudes talent and natural musicality and he now has a well deserved world-class career. Born in 1994 in Seoul, Cho started to study piano at age of six. He gave his first public recital only five years later at the age of 11. In 2008, at age 14, he won the first prize at The Sixth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition. The following year in 2009, he won first prize at the Seventh Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, making himself the youngest winner in its history. He won third prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition at age 17, four years before winning first prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

“Cho has been elevated straight to the big time,” says The New York Times.

Cho has performed with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra, under renowned conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

His recent engagements include concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri TemirkanovAccademia Santa Cecilia di Roma and Valery Gergiev, Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, Tokyo Philharmonic and Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre de Paris and Tomás Netopil. Cho recently performed debut recitals at the Concertgebouw Recital Hall, London International Piano series, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Prague Spring Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr and Carnegie Hall’s main hall.

Since 2012, Cho has been living in Paris. After studying under Professor S.R. Park and S.J. Shin in Seoul, he studied with Michel Béroff at Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.

For more information, visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu or call 805/893-3535.

—Lauren Bennett

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