Pianist Cho Seong-jin to release second live recording

January 29, 2016
The cover of Cho Seong-jin's upcoming live recording. (Yonhap)

The cover of Cho Seong-jin’s upcoming live recording. (Yonhap)

By The Korea Times Seoul staff

Pianist Cho Seong-jin, winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, will release a live recording of the competition under the label of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute next month.

This is Cho’s second album following his first released under the Deutsche Grammophon label in November, selling out the initial 50,000 copies in less than a week.

Music fans wait in line to buy pianist Cho Seong-jin's Chopin Concours album at Pung Wol Dang in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday. (Yonhap)

After Cho Seong-jin became the first Korean pianist to take first place in the Chopin competition, Koreans are lining up to buy his album. (Yonhap)

The coming recording will feature Cho’s performances from the preliminary round to the final round, including the prize-winning interpretation of Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Etudes Op. 10, Mazurkas, Ballade Op. 38 and Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49.

Meanwhile, Cho, who has signed with the world’s most-celebrated classical music record label Deutsche Grammophon, will record Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin’s four Ballades with the world-renowned Deutsche Staatskapelle, under the baton of Chung Myung-whun, in April.

Cho, the first Korean pianist to take first place in the Chopin competition, will stage a gala concert with his Chopin competitors at the Seoul Arts Center on Feb. 2.

Prize winners featured are Charles Richard-Hamelin, Kate Liu, Eric Lu, Yike Yang and Drmitry Shishkin.