Seong-Jin Cho, the first Korean to win the Chopin Competition, has signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, which surprises no-one since the label sold over 100,000 copies of his winning performance.
But here’s the surprise: Seong-Jin has agreed to make his debut studio recording in Dresden. The conductor will be Myung Whun Chung, who was forced to leave the Seoul Philharmonic after a campaign of vilification by its former chief executive.
Under normal circumstances, the Korean winner would have played to his home crowd. But he has decided instead to show solidarity with the ousted maestro.
Seoul Philharmonic also lost its DG deal when Chung departed.