David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition


Vadym Kholodenko, guest artist

Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. He has since made successful debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Aspen Summer Music Festival and La Jolla Music Society, and was named the Mariinsky Theatre’s Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev. He has performed around the world and worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, and other distinguished conductors.


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.