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Pianist Dang Thai Son and KSO perform in Hanoi
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Pianist Dang Thai Son and KSO perform in Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily

The Korean Symphony Orchestra - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - Famous Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son shared the stage with the Korean Symphony Orchestra (KSO) at a concert at the Hanoi Opera House on Monday.

The event was jointly held by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Hanoi as part of activities to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

In their first collaboration, Dang Thai Son and the Korean Symphony Orchestra played world-renowned pieces by Edvard Grieg, G.Verdi, J.Strauss II and P. Tchaikovsky as well as Korean folk songs Seya Seya and Sin Arirang that were arranged by musicians Chae Dong Sun and Kim Dong Jin for the symphony orchestra.

The concert was led by Korean conductor Chung Chi Yong, music director and principal conductor at the KSO. He is the former chairman of the Korean Conductors’ Association and has performed as guest conductor with many orchestras in the world such as Radio Symphony of Leipzig, Russian Philharmonic and Michigan State Symphony.

Dang Thai Son was the first Asian to win a gold medal at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1980. He has also been awarded Poland's Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Merit to Polish Culture and is currently piano faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the U.S. and guest professor at the University of Montreal in Canada.

Son has performed in more than 40 countries and on concert stages such as Lincoln Center, Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Sydney Opera House (Sydney). In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.

The Korean Symphony Orchestra, since its establishment in 1985, has been working to elevate the standing of Korean symphonic music for the past 30 years both domestically and abroad through more than 90 performances annually.

Formally recognized as a non-profit foundation by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2001, KSO has since been incorporated as a professional artistic organization and is now affiliated with the ministry, thus making it eligible to receive government’s financial support for its operations. In this way, it has become a model for governance in the field of arts and culture.

Currently having 100 orchestra and staff members, including two composers-in-residence, KSO continues to work for the advancement of Korea’s performing arts and concerts.

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