Đặng Thái Sơn

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Đặng Thái Sơn (born July 2, 1958 in Hanoi, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese Canadian classical pianist. He was the Gold Medalist of the Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in 1980.[1][2]

Dang Thai Son has received particular acclaim for the sonority and poetry in his interpretations of music of Chopin and the French repertoire.[3][4][5]


Dang began studying the piano in Hanoi with his mother, Madame Thai Thi Lien, then a professor at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He was discovered by a Russian pianist, Isaac Katz, on a visit to Vietnam in 1974. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia. In Moscow, he studied with Vladimir Natanson, a pupil of Samuil Feinberg, and subsequently with Dmitri Bashkirov.

Dang has performed in more than 40 countries and on concert stages such as Lincoln Center, Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Sydney Opera House (Sydney) Suntory Hall (Tokyo). Dang has been featured with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Hungarian State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestras,Philharmonia Orchestra and many more. He has also appeared under the direction of world-class conductors, from Sir Neville Marriner and Pinchas Zukerman to Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Iván Fischer, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko, James Loughram, Jiri Belohlavek, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Pavel Kogan, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Sakari Oramo,John Nelson, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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, Alexander Rudin, and played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.

He was a visiting professor at the Kunitachi Music College (Tokyo), and currently, he teaches at the Universite de Montreal (Canada). Starting in September 2018, Dang is joining the piano faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Dang is the winner of the Prix Opus in the 2016 "Concert of the Year" category for his concert presented by the Fondation Arte Musica at the Musee de Beaux Arts' Bourgie Hall in Montreal, Canada.[citation needed]


He can be heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Victor JVC, Analekta, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute recording labels.

Two recording projects were released in 2017. The first one is a Schubert recording with Victor Kenwood Japan, a company that Dang Thai Son has worked with since 1995. The second recording devotes to Paderewski's compositions which includes the Piano Concerto in a minor and a selection of Paderewski's solo works. This recording was selected as "La clef du mois" (Disc of the Month) by ResMusica (Paris, France.)[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Past Prize-Winners". medici.tv. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Jim (25 January 2016). "Thai-Son in Knockout". The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  3. ^ *“A genuine musician” —Isaac Stern
  4. ^ *“A pianist of superb discipline and undeniable distinction...spectacular and musically delirious” —The Boston Globe
  5. ^ "C comme Chopin",Improvisation so piano, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Editions, 2017, p. 29. ISBN 978 2 35055 228 6

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