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Pianist Seong-Jin Cho Talks About Chopin and Debussy

The young pianist Seong-Jin Cho has made quite a name for himself since winning the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. His latest release highlights the solo piano music of Claude Debussy. Cho’s connection to Debussy runs deep. “I have always loved Debussy’s music, but my feeling for it has deepened during my studies with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire,” Cho recalls. “Michel never presses me to accept his ideas on interpretation, which would be so easy for such a great master of Debussy’s music. His lessons are like meetings in which we discuss my playing, talk about music and art, and allow things to develop naturally.”

This year is the 100th aniversary of Claude Debussy’s death. Later in life, Debussy edited the piano works of Chopin, an experience that reignited his creativity and opened his heart to music he had loved since childhood. Cho explains the connection and why this album is so fitting, following two releases of Chopin’s music.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, 88.9 WCVE