From a Bomb Shelter to Concert Hall: Vietnamese Pianist Dang Thai Son Plays Schubert, Liszt and More

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Inspiring pianist Dang Thai Son rose to prominence when he was awarded first prize in prestigious Warsaw-based contest, though his biopic-like life story that involves surviving the Vietnamese war and learning to play piano in a bomb shelter.


The son of a poet and musician, Dang Thai Son was born in Hanoi, and studied piano under his mother’s tutelage from the age of six, joining a conservatory that was relocated to the countryside when war broke out.

Over that difficult time period, the determined pianist practiced on a broken instrument surrounded by rats, in a bomb shelter. A Soviet pianist discovered Dang after hearing him play and helped him apply for a place at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

After three years at the conservatory, Dang was invited to participate in a competition in Warsaw, landing first place and garnering international acclaim. He has since toured the world as a professional pianist and trailblazer. In this recital, he will perform  Schubert’s Allegretto in C Minor, D. 915, Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp, Op. 60, alongside other works.


When: 26 May 2018 - 26 May 2018 Where: Concert Hall, City Hall – 5 Edinburgh Place – Central