January 23, 2016, 8 pm at Jordan Hall, Boston
Dang Thai Son,
Asian to win
the First Prize and Gold Medal
at the International Chopin Piano
a pianist of superb discipline and
The playing was first-class."
Son Recital , January 23rd , 2016
Ballade Op. 19
||Images, Book 2
Cloches à travers
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
No. 1 Andantino
No. 2 Allegretto scherzando
Four Impromptus D. 899, Op. 90
No. 1 in C Minor
No. 2 in E-flat Major
No. 3 in G-flat Major
No. 4 in A-flat Major
Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48, No.
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
During the peak of
the blizzard of 2016, with beautiful warm music of Fauré, Debussy,
Schubert and Chopin,
Dang Thai Son melted the hearts of a packed enthusiastic audience at
NEC's Jordan Hall last Saturday 1/23.
He received cheerful standing ovations. The concert was simply
fantastic! -Cathy Chan
"A genuine musician" - Isaac Stern
An outstanding international
musician 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 Xth International Chopin
Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top
international competition was won by an Asian pianist.
Photo: Harold Fortin
He began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered by the
Russian pianist Isaac Katz, who was on visit in Vietnam in 1974, he
pursued his advanced training at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry 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), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw
(Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as St-Petersburg
Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, BBC Philharmonic,
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic,
Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra,
Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony,
NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, 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 Orchestras, and the
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Also, he has appeared under the direction
of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi
, Ivan Fisher, Frans Bruggen, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko,
James Loughram, Jiri Belohlavek, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi,
Pavel Kogan, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Sakari Oramo, and John Nelson.
In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic
Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi,
Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk, and Alexander Rudin, and
he has played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.
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; in January 1999, a Gala-concert opening the Chopin
year, where he was the only foreign artist invited to appear as soloist
with the Warsaw National Opera Theatre Orchestra; concerts in Isaac
Stern's last festival in Miyazaki, Japan in 2001, which included three
performances with Pinchas Zukerman; a special performance in 2005
as the only guest artist at the Opening Gala Concert of the XVth International
Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he was also a member of
the jury; and on Chopin's 200th Birthday, March 1st, 2010, he played
at the Gala Concert the Concerto in f-minor with the Orchestra of
the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Bruggen at the
Warsaw National Opera Theatre.
Dang Thai Son is frequently invited to give master classes around
the world - such as the special class in Berlin in October, 1999,
where he taught alongside Murray Perahia and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since
2001, he teaches as Guest Professor at the Universite de Montreal
(Canada.) He has sat on the juries of prestigious competitions such
as the International Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw), Cleveland
(USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland), Artur Rubinstein (Tel-Aviv), Hamamatsu
(Japan), Rachmaninoff (Russia), Piano Masters of Monte Carlo, Sviatoslav
Richter (Moscow), C. Bechstein (Germany), Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Vladimir
Viardo (Dallas), and Jeunesses Musicales International Piano Competition
During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured around the world
with an ambitious program of all five Beethoven's piano concertos,
the Beethoven Marathon. This colossal project was considered the most
significant since his winning at the International Chopin Piano Competition
in Warsaw in 1980.
The 2014-2015 has taken Dang Thai Son from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, to
Russia, Brazil, Canada, USA, France, Czech republic, Vietnam, Poland
and Kazakhstan among others. The season’s highlight was his performance
with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir
Ashkenazy at the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, Poland.
More information about Dang Thai Son’s worldwide appearances can be
found under the “News” section.
Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Melodya, Polskie
Nagrania, CBS Sony, Analekta, Victor JVC, and the Fryderyk Chopin
Mr. Dang's album "Chopin's Concertos" on Fryderyk Chopin Institute
label was awarded in 2013 a Platinum Disc by the Polish Association
of Audio-Video Producers for sales of over 10,000 copies. This disc
features recordings of the Chopin Piano Concertos on a 1849 Erard
piano and period instruments under the baton of the late Frans Brüggen
and his Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, documenting two memorable
events in the festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in 2005 and 2006.
Dang Thai Son is the featured artist in the television program “Tomorrow”,
produced by NHK (Japan Broadcast Corporation) in which he visited
music students that were the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami
disaster in the Tohoku area in Fukushima (Japan). He shared with them
his musical experiences but most importantly he encouraged them to
continue their music education, to fight on, and to look forward to
the future. The program was broadcast worldwide in February 2013.
Dang Thai Son has received the “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the Music
Academy in Bydgoczsz, Poland.
Mr. Dang is the subject of the biography, “A pianist loved by Chopin
- The Dang Thai Son Story”, published by Yamaha Music Media Corporation