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Dang Thai Son

A picture of Arie Vardi“A genuine musician” - Isaac Stern
 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 V. Natanson and D. Bashkirov.

Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such world-renowned halls as LincolnCenter (New York), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as the Philharmonia , Orchestre Nationale de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Czech Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Russian National Symphony … under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi, and Vladimir Ashkenazy among others.

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, March 1st, 2010, he played at the Gala Concert in Warsaw. During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured around the world with all five Beethoven's piano concertos.
He is now a Piano  Faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in USA and  also teaches as Guest Professor at the Universite de Montreal (Canada.). He has sat on the juries of prestigious competitions such as Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition (in 2005, 2010, 2015), Cleveland (USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland), Artur Rubinstein (Tel-Aviv), Hamamatsu (Japan), Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil ),  Sviatoslav Richter (Moscow), Montreal ( Canada ) …

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

He is the subject of the biography, “A pianist loved by Chopin - The Dang Thai Son Story”, published by Yamaha Music Media Corporation in 2003.
Mr. Dang is the winner of the Prix Opus in the 2016 "Best Concert of the Year" category for his concert presented by the Fondation Arte Musica at the Musee de Beaux Arts' Bourgie Hall in Montreal, Canada.

His recent release devotes to Paderewski's compositions which includes the Piano Concerto in a minor and a selection of Paderewski's solo works. The Piano Concerto on this CD was recorded live with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy during the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival in Warsaw on August 29th, 2015. This recording was selected as "La clef du mois" (Disc of the Month) by ResMusica (Paris, France.)
In September of 2018, Dang Thai Son received the Gold Medal “Merit to Culture” from the Ministry of Culture of Poland. This is the highest level of distinction awarded to people for their distinguished contributions to Polish culture and national heritage.

In October 2018, Dang Thai Son’s recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes was selected by Deutsche Grammophon, in partnership with The Frederyk Chopin Institute, for its special edition of “Chopin on period instruments” album.

Visit www.dangthaison.net for more information.

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