Think classical piano music is for the gray-haired set? Not so in South Korea!

Classical music albums by young male pianists are flying off the shelves.


Cho Seong-jin, winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition, has started an extraordinary classical music boom here in Korea, mainly among female fans. A good number of these fans were spotted queuing for hours on Nov. 6 to purchase a live recording of the 21-year-old’s performance at the prestigious contest, a sight more commonly associated with the release of a K-pop idol’s new disc.