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About This Event Prom 48 Rachmaninov’s mighty Symphony No. 2 sits at the centre of this concert given by Cristian Măcelaru and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. From a brooding opening it moves through a lovely slow movement to an ecstatic close – one of the most triumphant in the repertoire. There’s more drama and still greater virtuosity in Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 2, performed here by 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho. The concert opens with the folk-inspired Three Pieces for strings by the Romanian composer-conductor Constantin Silvestri, who defected to the West in 1956 and died in London 50 years ago. About Seong-jin Cho Born in Seoul in 1994, Seong-Jin Cho began playing piano at the age of six. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, from which he graduated in 2015. He now lives in Berlin. Laureate of the prestigious musical competitions including the Sixth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2008), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2009), the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011) and the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. In 2015 he was awarded First Prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw becoming the first Korean pianist to achieve that. His live album from the competition has since registered a total of nine-times platinum sales in Korea and achieved gold status in Poland, the land of Chopin’s birth. In summer 2016 Seong-Jin Cho performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky International Festival in Vladivostok. He also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Orchestra, as well as with major conductors including Myung-Wun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Mikhail Pletnev and many others. In January 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. His first album, dedicated exclusively to Chopin (four ballades and First concerto) was released in November 2016. In November 2017 his solo album with Debussy’s works was released. His engagements for the 2017–2018 season include concerts at the Seoul Arts Center, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokio, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Opéra de Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Singapore among others. Programme Constantin Silvestri Three Pieces for strings(11 mins) Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor(32 mins) INTERVAL Sergey Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor(56 mins) Approx. end time: 21:55 If you don't have a ticket, please meet me in front of door 12 opposite the statue at 4.30pm. The early meeting time is to guarantee we have a spot in the queue! I will be holding a Korean meetup sign. I'll wait for another 10 minutes if necessary for everyone to find me. If you have never been to the Proms before, it is a summer-long celebration of classical music and has a great atmosphere with a buzzing crowd in the most unique and historical building in London. It attracts the best musicians around the world. To get to RAH nearest tube station is South Kensington or Kensington High St. Once all members are together we will get a ticket for a place in the queue for the 'Arena' which is the ground floor standing area. After getting a ticket, feel free to have a picnic at the park or have a drink nearby, before returning to the queue to claim our spot at 6.15pm. Standing tickets are £6 each, to be paid at the door, cash or card accepted. There will be a lot of standing involved so please wear appropriate footwear! We will also meet during the interval in front of door 12. After the event please find me in front of door 12 again and join us for a drink at the Goat tavern on Kensington High St.