Dang Thai Son 

10 JUN 2018 (SUN), 7:30PM

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An outstanding international musician of our time, Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son was propelled to the forefront of the musical world in October 1980, when he was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Xth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.

He began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi , later at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory  with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.

Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such world renowned halls as Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Centre (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).

He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal,  the Philharmonia,  BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hungarian State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestras, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.  He has worked with esteemed conductors such as  Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ivan Fisher, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Spivakov and Sakari Oramo.

In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk, and Alexander Rudin, and he has played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.

Other career highlights include a New Year's Day concert (1995) with Yo-Yo Ma, Seiji Ozawa, Kathleen Battle, and the late Mstislav Rostropovich, in a major international event produced by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation NHK. On Chopin's 200th Birthday, 1 March 2010, he played the Concerto in F minor with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Brüggen in a Gala Concert at the Warsaw National Opera Theatre. During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured around the world with an ambitious programme of all five Beethoven piano concertos, the Beethoven Marathon.

Dang Thai Son is frequently invited to give masterclasses around the world - such as the special class in Berlin in October 1999, where he taught alongside Murray Perahia and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 2001, he has been Guest Professor at the Universite de Montreal. He has sat on the juries of prestigious competitions such as the International Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw), Cleveland (USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland), Artur Rubinstein (Tel-Aviv), Hamamatsu (Japan), Piano Masters of Monte Carlo, Sviatoslav Richter (Moscow), Montreal International Piano Competition.

Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Melodiya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Analekta, Victor JVC, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

Mr. Dang is the subject of the biography, A pianist loved by Chopin - The Dang Thai Son Story, published by Yamaha Music Media Corporation in 2003.