|New music home: Đặng Thái Sơn settles down at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, US. Photo by Hirotoshi Sato|
Pianist Đặng Thái Sơn builds new music home at Oberlin Conservatory
His teaching career spans 30 years, including positions at the Kunitachi College of Music in
“I have only agreed to be a ‘guest’ professor, which speaks volumes about my love for independence," he told the
"This time is different: No more being an outsider! I have decided to change my life by joining the music family at the Oberlin Conservatory, which has truly welcomed me. I very much look forward to building our new house together.”
In March 2017, Đặng Thái Sơn gave master classes in a residency which was part of the
|Well-travelled teacher: Đặng Thái Sơn gives a master class to Aimi Kobayashi of Japan during a 2017 residency at Oberlin. Photo by Dale Preston|
As a member of the Oberlin piano faculty, Đặng Thái Sơn will mentor Oberlin-Como Fellows and have his own studio of undergraduate pianists.
"We are thrilled that the esteemed pianist Đặng Thái Sơn will be joining our faculty,” says Professor of Piano Alvin Chow, chair of Oberlin’s Piano Department. “He has such a distinguished international career not only as a superb performing artist, but also as a master teacher and jury member of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. We are truly excited about the insights and passion he will bring to our already acclaimed piano faculty."
Đặng Thái Sơn made headlines around the world when he became the first Asian to win first prize and the gold medal at the X Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition in 1980.
Born and raised in Viêt
Discovered during a visit to Việt
His discography — much of it devoted to the music of Chopin — includes a pair of 2017 releases: a recording of Schubert on JVC Kenwood and a collection of works by Paderewski that includes a concerto recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Ashkenazy.
In 2016, he won