It’s been several months since Cho Seong-jin won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. What’s he been up to?

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) — Cho Seong-jin, the first South Korean to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, said Monday the top honor was a means to an end, not an end in itself.

“Winning the contest was a means to achieve my dreams, not an end,” he told reporters on the eve of his first concert back in South Korea since rewriting the country’s music history. “I’m still 21, and who knows how long I will live. I’m just getting started.”   The 20-something prodigy won the world’s top piano competition in October.

Cho had been touring around the world since the competition in Poland. He arrived in South Korea Monday afternoon after a concert in Japan.

“I try to treat every concert, small or big, the same, but I’m nervous and excited about my performance tomorrow, which is a first since the competition,” he said at the Seoul Arts Center where the concert will be held. “I’m always grateful for your support. I hope you continue to take interest in and support me.”   The first batch of his live album released a month after the competition was sold out in less than a week in South Korea. read more at

Cho has also just signed an impressive deal with Deutsche Grammophon:

Pianist Seong-jin Cho. [Photo provided to China Daily]Seong-jin Cho, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, has joined Deutsche Grammophon’s roster of artists.

The 21-year-old pianist’s signing was announced in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, on the eve of the Chopin Competition Prize-Winners’ Gala Concert at the Seoul Arts Center.

“It is a genuine honor for me to record for this great label, the champion of the highest values in classical music,” says Cho, who will give two concerts with his fellow competition laureates.

Cho is set to record Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in partnership with the Staatskapelle Dresden and his fellow countryman Myung-Whun Chung in Dresden in April. He will travel to Berlin later this year to survey the composer’s Ballades, works that pose a considerable technical and artistic challenge for a performer. Read more at