His playing is deeply poetic, subtle, tender, and expressive, with a technical mastery that is astonishing but never fulsome, his authoritative and natural sense of balance making him a great pianist. He has been invited as soloist by orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, Mariinsky St. Petersburg, the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonie, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestra of Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Lyon, Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, led by conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yuri Temirkanov.
During the 2016/2017 season, Seong-Jin performed recitals at the main hall of Carnegie Hall and at Suntory Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Birmingham Town Hall, KKL Luzern, and at the illustrious Piano Masters series hosted by the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He was one of the very first guest performers in recital at the new hall La Seine Musicale in Paris. He toured with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
During the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 season, Seong-Jin Cho will be reunited with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, perform for the first time in Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg alongside the NDR Orchestra directed by Krzysztof Urbañski, and play with Frankfurt Radio Symphony and its music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Gimeno, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, and Rotterdam Philharmonic. He will also perform at the Rencontres musicales d'Evian, tour with the Mariinsky and Valery Gergiev, and make his recital debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the Kissinger Sommer music festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and the Verbier Festival, before returning to Concertgebouw and the Festival de la Roque-d’Anthéron, among other venues across the globe.
Moving to Paris in 2012 to study with Michel Béroff, Seong-Jin previously studied in Seoul with S.R. Park and S.J. Shin. He began playing the piano at age six, and gave his first recital five years later. As a young pianist, he performed regularly in South Korea and Japan before taking to the world stage.