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Academy of Vocal Arts

1920 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Audience is invited to observe pianist, Dang Thai Son, as he critiques PYPA young pianists of their performances in this special masterclass.


About Dang Thai Son:

An outstanding international musician of our time, Vietnamese - Canadian 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.

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 the Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).

In September of 2018, Dang Thai Son received the Gold Medal Zasluzony Kulturze Gloria Artis(Medal for Merit to Culture) from the Ministry of Culture of Poland. This is the highest level of distinction awarded to people for their distinguished contributions to Polish culture and national heritage. What an extraordinary news and humbling honor for DTS whose career has been dedicated to music of Chopin and recently music of Paderewski!

After over 30 years of teaching, Dang Thai Son has agreed for the first time to join a piano faculty! He will be Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music - one of the most prestigious music schools in the United States. His appointment will start with the 2018-2019 academic year.

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