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Pianists Cho Seong-jin, Lang Lang drew largest audiences in 2015

All News 10:51 January 17, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- Young pianists Cho Seong-jin of South Korea and Lang Lang of China attracted the largest audiences to their concerts held in two of South Korea's largest performing arts facilities last year, proving their strong presence in the local classical music scene, data showed Tuesday.

According to the Seoul Arts Center, Cho's two piano recitals held in February drew 2,477 and 2,449 audiences, respectively, becoming the top two most-attended classical music concerts held in the facility last year.

The 22-year-old prodigy shot to fame after becoming the first Korean to win the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in October 2015.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko's first-ever performance in South Korea in March tied in second place with one of the two recitals by Cho to 2,449 people.

Coming in at a close fourth and fifth were Chicago Symphony Orchestra's performance conducted by Riccardo Muti in January (2,413) and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in July (2,382).

South Korean pianist Cho Seong-jin (Yonhap)

The most-attended performance at Lotte Concert Hall, also in Seoul, was the piano recital by the Chinese star musician Lang Lang. A total of 1,995 fans almost filled the 2,036-seat concert hall during the concert held in December.

Similarly successful were Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's performance with South Korean conductor-pianist Chung Myung-whun in November (1,991), France's legendary pipe organist Jean Guillou's recital in September (1,815) and the KBS Symphony Orchestra's concert to perform all masterpieces from Beethoven in December (1,801).

This file photo released by the Associated Press is of Chinese pianist Lang Lang. (Yonhap)

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