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Debussy came naturally for Seong-Jin Cho on new DG recording / MOOD

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Soft-spoken in conversation, Seong-Jin Cho is a force at the piano. At only 24-years-old, he has already released his third album, a collection of works by Debussy, on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. It was his win in 2015 at the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition that propelled him to fame and landed him his first album with Deutsche Grammophon.

A Debussy album came naturally for Cho. Born in South Korea, he has been studying with Michel Béroff in Paris for several years, so it is fitting that he should release an album of works from this iconic French composer. But well before his Paris studies began, he was already exploring music by Debussy. "I gave my first public recital when I was 11 years old in Korea and I played music by Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy at that time…Debussy's music has been very, very natural for me because I have been playing it [for] so long. And living in Paris, also, inspires me a lot to interpret his music."

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