Seong-Jin Cho’s Recital Return with Chopin

Yugyeong Jeong

Pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who won the 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition for the first time as a Korean and the third as an Asian, will hold a recital from the end of August to the beginning of September in Busan, Incheon, Daegu and Seoul. The recital starts in Busan on August 31st, and continues to Incheon on September 2nd, Daegu on the 5th, and Seoul on the 7th. This is the first Korean concert in 9 months since the city tour last year. This recital program has been newly formed. The first song is Piano Sonata No. 1 ‘October 1, 1905’ by Czech composer Leos Janacek. The song commemorates the victims of the Czech uprising against the Habsburgs in 1905. Seong-Jin Cho chose music from a composer with strong ethnicity in Eastern Europe because he wanted to play an unknown masterpiece this time as well, just like he chose the Polish composer Szymanowski’s ‘Mask’ in the last recital.

The main songs are all Chopin’s ‘Scherzo’ songs (4 songs), which have not been shown in recent programs. Songs that show Chopin’s enormous energy, Seong-Jin Cho performed the most famous of these, No. 2, in the third round of the 2015 Chopin International Competition. The new album, which will be released on August 27th, also contains four scherzos. In addition, all songs (3 songs) of ‘Gaspar at Night’ by Maurice Ravel, a representative composer in France, where Seong-Jin Cho studied abroad, will also be performed. Among them, the 3rd song’s description of Scarbo, the mischievous fairy, is considered the most difficult technique in all piano works. Due to social distancing, tickets for the 800-seat performance were sold out in two minutes.

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