Dang Thai-Son, piano
Saturday, February 28, 2004, 8 PM
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston

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Debussy     Images

                  Premier Livre: - Reflets dans l'eau
                                        - Hommage à Rameau
                                        - Mouvement

                  Second Livre : - Cloches à travers les feuilles
                                         - Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
                                         - Poissons d'Or

Franck       Prelude, Choral et Fugue

Chopin     Barcarolle in F sharp major, op. 60
                Four Impromptus : A flat major, op.29
                 - F sharp major, op.36
                 - G flat major, op.51
                 - Fantaisie-Impromptu c # min, op.66
                 Polonaise " Héroïque " in A flat major, op.53

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"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, 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.

Upcoming and recent highlights include five performances in Isaac Stern's Music Festival in Miyazaki, Japan (with three concerts with Pinchas Zukerman) as well as a six-city debut tour in China (Centre Theatre in Shanghai and Century Theatre in Beijing, amongst others) and concerts in Eastern Europe (Baltic States and Russia, notably a concert in the Great Hall of the Conservatory of Moscow), France (at the UNESCO, representing Vietnam), Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and South America (as a soloist with the Sao Paolo Symphonic Orchestra). He has performed with the Pan-European Chamber Orchestra and the Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra. Dang Thai Son has also embarked on a 14-concert tour of Japan, including performances as guest soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. He will represent Vietnam during the next ASEAN meeting.

In North America, he performed in Toronto (Women's Musical Club), New York (Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts), Washington (National Gallery), Boston (Jordan Hall with a reinvitation by the Chinese Foundation for the Performing Arts), Dallas (TCU-Cliburn Foundation) and Cleveland (Museum of Art and jury member of the Cleveland International Piano Competition). He also gave a 10-concert Canadian tour with Le Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and will teach and perform at UBC in Vancouver.

Dang Thai Son 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 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.

Dang Thai Son has been a Canadian citizen since 1995.