A truly spectacular musician, Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son is making a rare appearance in Kansas City as part of the Park International Center for Music’s 1900 Series. Son was propelled to the top of the musical world in October of 1980, when he was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. His triumph made history as well as it was the first time a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.
Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into every renowned concert hall in the world and appearing with world-class orchestras, too. During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured the globe with an ambitious program of all five Beethoven’s piano concertos, the Beethoven Marathon. This colossal project was considered his most significant since winning the Chopin.
Son has recorded for numerous record labels and was the winner of the Prix Opus (equivalent of a Grammy Award in Quebec, Canada) in the 2016 “Concert of the Year” category. He conducts master classes around the world and has sat on the juries of numerous prestigious competitions. He joined the piano faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in September 2018 and then in November, 2018, he was named as Specially appointed Professor of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Chinese National School of Music and China Conservatory of Music. We are thrilled that he will be coaching our Park ICM piano students while here in Kansas City.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Dang Thai Son in concert at the 1900 Building, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23rd, where his program will include Five Preludes by Debussy and works by Chopin. Tickets and information visit icm.park.edu.