Chopin Winner Releases CDs, Book

World-renowned Viet-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son who won the 1980 Chopin prize last night performed in Ho Chi Minh City where he also debuted his collection of 13 CDs and a book about himself.

Son performed La vallée des cloches, Une barque, sur l’océan, Alborada del gracioso by Ravel and 2 Nocturnes, 3 Waltzes, and Scherzo no.2 by Chopin at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in district 1,

During the occasion, Phuong Nam Film released 13 CDs recorded over the last 20 years which feature Son’s virtuosity in playing romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ravel, and especially Chopin.

Phuong Nam Film also presented the book “A Pianist Loved by Chopin – The Dang Thai Son Story”, published by Yahama Music Media Corporation in Japan in 2003. The book’s author is Japanese journalist Ikuma Yoshiko, who loves the pianist’s delicate and perfectionist style.

The book tells how Dang Thai Son worked hard as a timid boy to overcome numerous difficulties and finally become a big name in the world’s classical music circle. One hundred special copies of the book were sold at the concert.

Born in Ha Noi in 1958, Dang Thai Son studied piano with his mother for 11 years at the Ha Noi Conservatory before moving to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 1977.  In 1980 he was awarded top place in the Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, becoming the first Asian to win the prestigious contest after defeating Croatian Ivo Pogorelic in the third round.

Dang Thai Son has performed in more than forty countries including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia. He has also recorded for famous music production firms like Deutsche Grammophone and CBS Sony.

These days he lives in Montreal, Canada, where he teaches part-time at Montreal University when his busy concert schedule allows.

By L.T.B – Translated by BH

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