The outstanding Vietnamese pianist DANG THAI SON came to prominence in 1980 by winning First Prize and the special prizes for mazurkas, polonaise and concerto at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He began learning piano with his mother in Hanoi and continued his studies with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov at Moscow Conservatory.
Since winning the Chopin Competition, his career has taken him to over forty countries. He has worked with Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Järvi, Frans Brüggen and John Nelson, and with such world-class orchestras as the Czech, St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw and BBC philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Career highlights have included performances at the Opening Gala Concert of Chopin Year 1999 and the 2005 Chopin Competition, as well as performances of Beethoven's five piano concertos over two nights in different parts of the world. He has given masterclasses around the world and sat on the juries of several prestigious competitions, including the Clara Haskil, Cleveland, Jeunesses Musicales and Chopin. This season has taken him to Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Canada, the US, France, the Czech Republic, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and elsewhere, culminating in a performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy at the ‘Chopin and his Europe' Festival. Dang has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Analekta, Victor JVC and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. His recording of Chopin's concertos on an 1849 Érard with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by the late Frans Brüggen (Chopin Institute) won a platinum disc in Poland.