Dang Thai Son• Oberlin Conservatory
• Université de Montréal Musical Instrument: Piano
The Vietnamese – Canadian 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 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, and into such world-renowned halls as the Lincoln Center (New York), the Barbican (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Sydney Opera House, and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras, including 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, Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. He has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ivan Fisher, Frans Bruggen, Vladimir Spivakov and Sakari Oramo.
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 the Concerto in f-minor at a Gala Concert in Warsaw with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Bruggen. During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured around the world with all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos.
He is now a Piano Faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the USA and also teaches as Guest Professor at the Université 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), and Montreal ( Canada ).
Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya, 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.