David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 David D. Dubois Piano Competition


First Place:
Charlie Liu


Second Place:
Kevin Takeda


Third Place:
Adrian Liao

Spencer Myer, guest artist


Feb. 12-14, 2016

One of the most important American artists of his generation, SPENCER MYER has garnered stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career.

His orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana, Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Leslie B. Dunner, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kevin Rhodes, Matthew Savery, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Arjan Tien and Victor Yampolsky. In May 2005, his recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2010 and 2012.


Classically-trained pianists in grades 8-12 (age 18 or under at the time of the competition)


  • 1st Prize: $3,000
  • 2nd Prize: $2,000
  • 3rd Prize: $1,000

Additional scholarships may be awarded to seniors successfully completing the application process for undergraduate study in BGSU’s piano program. Judges’ decisions on all prizes and scholarships are final. 


Deadline for application, payment ($25) and emailed recording file is Friday, January 16, 2015.


Repertoire should include selections from at least three of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. One movement from a Classical sonata must be included. All works must be memorized with the exception of those written after 1945. Students should aim for a program 20-30 minutes in length.

Screening CD

All entrants must submit a screening recording to include one piece from their competition repertoire. The recording should be emailed as an MP3 file to meltonL@bgsu.edu on or before Friday, January 16, 2015.



All entrants will be notified of acceptance by email on January 23, 2015.


If you have any questions about the application or repertoire requirements, please contact Dr. Laura Melton at meltonL@bgsu.edu.

Dr. David D Dubois, an internationally recognized consultant, author and speaker had a love of music and a special passion for piano and organ performance. In 2008, after reviewing proposals from major music schools from around the nation, the David D. Dubois Trust established the David D. Dubois Piano Competition at Bowling Green State University to enhance the piano program in the College of Musical Arts.


The David D. Dubois Piano Competition supports student pianists at several levels. It provides a number of scholarship opportunities for high school students to attend BGSU, it encourages undergraduate piano students to develop innovative programming ideas for outreach projects and it supports current piano students to participate in music festivals around the world.

In his memory, the College of Musical Arts celebrates the life of Dr. David D. Dubois and his passion for music and gratefully acknowledges the David D. Dubois Foundation for making this exciting program possible.


Friday, Feb. 13 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Guest Piano Master Class Saturday
Feb. 14 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kobacker Hall
High School Piano Competition Semifinal Round
Feb. 14 8 p.m.
Kobacker Hall
Vadym Kholodenko, piano BGSU Festival Series Performance
All competitors receive free admission.
Sunday, Feb. 15 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kobacker Hall
High School Piano Competition Final Round