It seems appropriate that pianist Seong-Jin Cho's official debut recording feature the music of Frédéric Chopin, given that he won the Sixth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2008, when he was 14 years old. Other high-profile competition finishes after that led to appearances with internationally known orchestras and conductors, and to Cho moving from his native Seoul to Paris in 2012 to study with Michel Béroff. When he participated in the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, Deutsche Grammophon recorded his concerto performance and rush-released it. It became a best-seller in Korea and Poland, even topping the Korean pop chart. The label then signed Cho and issued his official debut album in November 2016. The 2016-2017 season had Cho traveling in Asia with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra and in Europe with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, and making his recital debuts in Carnegie Hall and the Royal Concertgebouw, among other places.