Seong-Jin Cho plays Prokofiev at the Proms

The second of three Proms this year featuring Korean performers: Prom 48: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev + Silvestri 19:30 Sat 24 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall Tickets £9.50 to £52 (plus booking fee) | Book tickets Seong-Jin Cho: piano BBC Symphony Orchestra Cristian Măcelaru: conductor Constantin Silvestri: Three Pieces for strings (11 mins) Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto […]

Brief review: Seong-jin Cho’s Rachmaninov at the Barbican

I can’t help feeling slightly disappointed at Seong-jin Cho’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto at the Barbican at the end of March. There was no shortage of virtuoso filligree fingerwork and moments of poetry, but somehow the performance as a whole lacked passion and fire. Perhaps part of the problem was rapport between orchestra […]

Seong-jin Cho plays Rachmaninov at the Barbican

Hear from the teenage Shostakovich in this all-Russian programme with conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto opens quietly enough, but this simple and beguiling beginning quickly gives way what is in fact one of the most technically demanding concertos in the classical piano repertoire. Its lush and romantic elegance is followed by Balakirev’s Islamey, […]

Seong-jin Cho plays Chopin in Oxford

This one will be popular: Seong-Jin Cho & the Oxford Philharmonic Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Sunday, 29 July 2018 – 20:00 Tickets: £42.00 £30.00 £20.00 £10.00 | Book tickets CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, ‘Eroica’ Seong-Jin Cho piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor […]

Event news: Seong-jin Cho’s St John’s Smith Square debut

Seong-jin Cho gives his first London recital after winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in October last year. Allocated seats for this all-Chopin programme sold out pretty quickly, but at the time of writing there are still some unreserved seats upstairs. Chopin Piano Competition Winner Seong-Jin Cho, piano Friday 11 March 2016, 7:30pm St John’s […]

A look back at the films and music of 2015

In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

Cho Seong-jin wins Chopin Competition

Congratulations to Cho Seong-jin for winning first prize in the 17th International Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition. The award was presented on 21 October in Warsaw. The below video is of stage III of the finals on 14 October. Cho starts to play at about 1:13:30 and continues for one hour. Links: chopincompetition2015.com

Korean musicians at the Tchaikovsky competition

Korea does well at the Tchaikovsky competition. Voice Results: Female: 1st Prize: Sun Young Seo (South Korea); Male: 1st Prize: Jong Min Park (South Korea). Piano results: 1st Prize: Daniil Trifonov (Russia); 2nd Prize: Yeol Eum Son (South Korea); 3rd Prize: Seong Jin Cho (South Korea). On BBC Radio 3 Music Matters on 2 July […]