Seong-Jin Cho Plays Chopin
OTTO TAUSK conductor
SEONG-JIN CHO piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
In his 20s, Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho is on a fast track to stardom. The 2015 Chopin Competition winner’s performance of the composer’s spellbinding Second Piano Concerto is unmissable.
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About the Artists
Dutch conductor Otto Tausk is the incoming music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the 2018–19 season. Previously, he was music director of the Opera Theatre and Tonhalle Orchestra St. Gallen. He has appeared with Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, BBC Scottish Symphony and the orchestras of Perth, Tasmania and Auckland. He is a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all its major orchestras and composers.
His 2018–19 season includes his London concert debut at the BBC Proms, conducting BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and guest appearances with Belgian National Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Dutch National Opera, as well as debuts with the NJSO and Orquesta de Valencia.
Born in Utrecht, Tausk initially studied violin and then conducting with Jonas Aleksa. From 2004 to 2006, Tausk was assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation.
In January 2016, Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and released a recording of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, followed by a solo Debussy recording. In 2018, he releases a Mozart album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick-Nezet-Seguin.
In the 2018–19 season, he plays recitals at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Los Angeles’ Disney Concert Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle-Maag, among several other venues.
Born in Seoul, Cho won the coveted gold medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015. In 2011, at the age of 17, he won third prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The following year, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Beroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, where he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.