David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

Vadym Kholodenko


2015 Festival Dates: Feb. 13-15

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audience and critics alike for powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence"

With Kholodenko, the instrument, and the [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1], showed refreshing vitality, showcasing a thoughtful and enterprising talent." -Philadelphia Inquirer


Classically-trained pianists in grades 9-12 (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. Stay tuned for more details as they are available.


New this year is our online application process. Deadline for application and payment is January 17, 2014. Please note: The screening CD should be mailed and postmarked by January 17, 2014.


All entrants must play three pieces chosen from three different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary). One must be a movement of a classical sonata. 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 CD to include one piece from their competition repertoire. The postmark deadline for CDs is Janurary 17, 2014. Screening CDs should be mailed to: Dr. Laura Melton College of Musical Arts Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 43403



All entrants will be notified of acceptance by email on January 24, 2014.


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.