|NEW YORK (August 14, 2017) — Primo Artists announces the signing of 23-year-old pianist Seong-Jin Cho to its roster for North/South American representation effective immediately. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Seong-Jin Cho is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation and is rapidly attracting the attention of conductors, critics and audiences around the globe.
Seong-Jin Cho joins a distinguished roster that comprises violinist/conductor Itzhak Perlman, violinists Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti, pianist Beatrice Rana and conductor Cristian Măcelaru.
Charlotte Lee, Founder of Primo Artists, said: “Seong-Jin Cho is one of the most significant keyboard talents of this generation. He has the mastery of a virtuoso coupled with a rare tenderness that touches the soul. I am delighted to welcome Seong-Jin to the Primo Artists roster and am eagerly looking forward to working with him and his team at Solea Management and Deutsche Grammophon on what will undoubtedly be a world-class career.”
Cho said: “I am very excited to join the roster of Primo Artists who represent many of the most distinguished artists in classical music. I’m really looking forward to working closely with Charlotte Lee and to our new collaboration!”
Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in Fall 2015 when he won the coveted Gold Medal at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. This same competition launched the careers of world-class artists such as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson and Krystian Zimerman. Within one month, a recording of Cho’s live competition highlights was rush-released by Deutsche Grammophon, propelling the pianist to pop-star status in South Korea. The album achieved multi-platinum sales within a week of its release and triggered a sales frenzy at stores across the country. It reached No. 1 in Korea’s pop album chart and has sold well over 150,000 copies to date worldwide.
In January 2016, following on the success of the debut disc, Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration features Chopin’s First Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades, released to critical acclaim in November 2016. A solo Debussy album will be released in November 2017.
Cho is an active recitalist and performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. In 2017, he made debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Keyboard Virtuosos series in a sold-out Stern Auditorium, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul’s new Lotte Hall, Paris’s new Seine Musicale, Edinburgh International Festival, KKL Lucerne and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.
He collaborates with conductors at the highest level such as Gergiev, Salonen, Noseda, Pappano, Chung, Ashkenazy, Temirkanov, Janowski and Pletnev. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include tours with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Pappano, London Symphony and Tilson-Thomas, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Janowski, and European Union Youth Orchestra and Noseda, with concerts at the BBC Proms, Berlin Konzerthaus and Concertgebouw. He makes appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra under Noseda, Detroit Symphony with Slatkin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Orozco-Estrada, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Urbanski and Finnish Radio Orchestra with Lintu.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital at age 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire and he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.
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