Dang Thai Son, piano

(1st prize winner, 1980 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw)

Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, 8:00pm
at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall


Ticket price: $25, $20, $15, with $2 off for senior and students. Group discount: 10%

Program: (subject to change)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Polonaise in C minor op. 40 no. 2
3 Mazurkas op. 59
no. 1 in A minor
no. 2 in A flat Major
no. 3 in F sharp minor

Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E flat Major op. 22


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Six Préludes (Livre II)
La Puerta del Vino
Général Lavine - eccentric
Feux d'artifice

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
La Valse (piano solo)

Meet the Artist: Dang Thai Son

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 and 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), 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 worldclass 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.

Highlights for 1999 include tours in Japan (with the Tokyo Philharmonic), France (with L'Orchestre national de la Loire), Norway and Spain (with the Oslo Radio Symphony). Furthermore, he will perform with the Warsaw National Opera Theatre Orchestra (the only non-Polish artist invited to participate in the Gala-concert opening the Chopin year), Moscow Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Brasilia Symphony. He will also give recitals in several festivals in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Montreal, New York, Beijing, Dushniki (Poland), the Ruhr (Germany), Majorca (Spain), La Roque d'Anthéron, Aix-en-Provence (France).

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). Following the invitation of Vladimir Ashkenazy, he will be offering a master class at the Polish Cultural Institute in Berlin in October 1999, alongside Murray Perahia and Mr. Ashkenazy himself.

Dang Thai Son has been a Canadian citizen since 1995.

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