Thai Son Dang

Dang Thai Son


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 10th 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 V. Natanson and D. Bashkirov.

Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, he has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as London’s Philharmonia, Orchestre Nationale de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Czech Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy…

He is currently a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio (USA).

He has sat on the juries of prestigious competitions such as Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition, Cleveland (USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland), Arthur Rubinstein (Tel-Aviv), Busoni (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Hamamatsu (Japan), Sydney (Australia)…

Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Melodya, Victor JVC, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. His CD of Paderewski’s compositions (with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy) was selected as “La clef du mois” (Disc of the Month) by ResMusica (Paris, France) in 2017.
In September of 2018, Dang Thai Son received the Gold Medal for ”Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis” from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.