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Winner of 2015 Chopin Piano Competition Joins Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Winner of 2015 Chopin Piano Competition Joins Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at Soka Performing Arts Center

The orchestra is celebrating 115 years of performances


Aliso Viejo, CA – Poland’s national orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, directed by Jacek Kaspszyk and joined by pianist Seong-Jin Cho, performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. This is the first concert of the International Symphony Series which has discounts for package sales. Single tickets are $60 for adults; and $48 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $47 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

For 115 years, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of Poland’s most distinguished musical institutions. They return to Soka Performing Arts Center with their new Music and Artistic Director, Jacek Kaspszyk, and award-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho. The program will include Weinberg – Polish Melodies No. 2, Op. 47; Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11; and Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68.

Discover the newest trends and preeminent artists in the world of classical music with the International Symphony Series package comprised of three concerts by symphony orchestras from around the world, each joined by an outstanding soloist. Purchasing this package for $135 ($108 for students/seniors) saves 25% off single-event tickets. This package offer expires on November 4.

Seong-Jin Cho, a native of Seoul, South Korea, garnered world attention in October 2015, when he won First Prize at the renowned Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Still in his early 20s, Cho has collected prizes at the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition, Moscow International Chopin Competition and, as the youngest first prize winner, Hamamatsu International Competition (Japan). This tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic is his concerto debut in the U.S.

As the orchestra of the Chopin International Piano Competition, the Warsaw Philharmonic’s unique musical relationship with Cho was sealed during his celebrated victorious performance of the famous Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 (which will be reprised at this concert). The performance was captured by Deutsche Grammophon and a rush-released recording of live highlights drawn from Cho’s competition performances instantly garnered the endorsement of the world’s top music critics (“Unequivocally brilliant” by The Telegraph, London), as well as achieving triple platinum sales within a week of its release in South Korea, and reaching No. 1 in the nation’s pop album chart on the strength of pre-orders alone.