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Popular Korean Pianist Seong-Jin Cho’s Recital Rescheduled and Performance Added

Popular Korean Pianist Seong-Jin Cho’s Recital Rescheduled and Performance Added at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Preeminent pianist Seong-Jin Cho will perform two solo recitals at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Single-event tickets are $40 for adults; $32 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $29 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Originally scheduled to appear at Soka on November 5, 2017, Cho will be filling in for pianist Lang Lang, who is unable to perform in upcoming concerts with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic taking place in Europe and Asia in early November 2017. Cho’s November concert at Soka was already sold out, so Cho has agreed to do an additional performance to accommodate more of his fans. The programs for each recital are similar:  Debussy—Images Book 2 and Chopin—Piano Sonata No. 3, with Beethoven—Piano Sonata No. 8 being performed at 4:00 pm. and Beethoven—Piano Sonata No. 30 at 8:00 p.m.               

Cho has sent a special message to his fans saying, “The opportunity to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic on this tour with Sir Simon is really once-in-a-lifetime and means a great deal to my career and growth as an artist.” Soka Performing Arts Center’s General Manager David Palmer is supportive of the postponement, “We offer our sincere congratulations to Seong-Jin Cho for this life-changing opportunity, and hope that all of our patrons understand the importance of this invitation to his career.”

Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years earlier, at age 17, he won third prize at the Tchaikovsky competition. In January 2016 Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first CD of this collaboration features Chopin’s first concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, and the four ballades, released in November 2016. Born in 1994 in Seoul, South Korea, Cho started studying the piano at six and gave his first public recital five years later.