Piano Dang Thai Son


"A genuine musician", Isaac Stern, Miyazaki, Japan, May 2001
"He is a pianist of superb discipline and undeniable distinction… The playing was first-class." THE BOSTON GLOBE, USA, February 3, 2001
An emerging figure amongst the leading international musicians 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 Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.
He studied with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered by Russian pianist Isaac Katz, while on visit in Vietnam in 1974, he pursued his training at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, with renowned pedagogues Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.
Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such worldknown halls as Lincoln Center (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with a number of world-class orchestras such as the Leningrad Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony, 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. He has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Ivan Fisher, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko, James Loughram, Jiri Belohlavek, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Pavel Kogan, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Sakari Oramo, etc.
On New Year´s Day, 1995, Dang Thai Son, Yo Yo Ma, Seiji Ozawa, Kathleen Battle and Mstislav Rostropovich participated in a major international event produced by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation NHK. In January 1999, he was the only foreign artist invited to participate in the Gala-concert opening the Chopin year, appearing as a soloist with the Warsaw National Opera Theatre Orchestra.
In 2001, he performed with Pinchas Zukerman in Isaac Stern´s Music Festival in Miyazaki, Japan and also accomplished a six-city debut tour in China (Centre Theatre in Shanghai and Century Theatre in Beijing, amongst others). In 2002, he toured to Japan as guest soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. In October 2004, his performance with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under John Nelson received great applause.
Recently, Dang Thai Son gives a concert and master class in all over the world, including Germany, Austria, China, Russia, France, Canada and the United States.
He has recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Victor JVC and Analekta.
Since 1987, he has been a visiting professor at Kunitachi Music College (Tokyo) and teaches presently at the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada) as well. Following the invitation of Vladimir Ashkenazy, he has offered a master class in Berlin in October 1999, alongside Murray Perahia and Mr. Ashkenazy himself.
He also teaches at Montreal University in Montreal, Canada, where he resides.