BGSU has earned a reputation for its outstanding keyboard program, drawing students from all over the United States and the world. The four full-time piano faculty members, Solungga Liu, Laura Melton, Robert Satterlee, and Yevgeny Yontov have diverse backgrounds and maintain active performing careers. With approximately 50 piano majors, including undergraduate and graduate students in degree programs in performance and music education, the BGSU piano program offers a wide range of opportunities to build your pianistic artistry in a caring and nurturing environment.
The College sponsors a number of competitions for student pianists at BGSU. The Competitions in Music Performance offers students the chance to play concerti with the BGSU Philharmonia or Wind Symphony. The Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition honors students in various chamber music groups, and the Conrad Art Song Competition pairs pianists with singers to perform art songs, with prize money equally shared between the pianist and singer.
Piano Area Events
Fall 2020-Spring 2021
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41st Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival Concerts
Thursday, 10/15, 8pm
Yuefeng Liu, Steven Naylor, Ariel Magno da Costa (students of Laura Melton), works by Augusta Read Thomas
Solungga Liu, works by Stephen Hartke
Saturday, 10/17, 8pm
Cole Burger, work by Augusta Read Thomas
Sunday, 10/18, 8pm
Humay Gasimzade (student of Robert Satterlee), works by Julius Eastman
Robert Satterlee, Faculty Artist Recital
Wednesday, 10/28, 8 pm, Bryan Hall
Christopher Harding (University of Michigan), Guest Artist Master Class
Friday, 10/30, 2:30-4:30 pm, Bryan Hall
David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition
In light of COVID-19, a decision about the 2021 Dubois Piano Festival & Competition will be made by November 1, 2020
Friday, 2/5- Sunday, 2/7, 2021
Guest Artist: Robert McDonald
Kwan Yi (East Carolina University), Guest Artist Recital and Master Class
Monday, 2/15, 2:30-4:00 pm, Master Class, Bryan Hall
Monday, 2/15, 8 pm, Recital, Bryan Hall
Solungga Liu and the BGSU Wind Symphony: Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Friday, 2/19, 8 pm, Kobacker Hall
Anthony Bonamici, Guest Artist Recital and Master Class
Sunday, 3/7, 8 pm, Recital, Bryan Hall
Monday, 3/8, 2:30-4:00 pm, Master Class, Bryan Hall
Yevgeny Yontov, Faculty Artist Recital
Wednesday, 3/10, 8 pm, Bryan Hall
Keyboard Area News
Aug 27, 2019 4:15 PM Piano Alumna voted 2019 Teacher of the Year
Piano Alumna voted 2019 Teacher of the Year
Mar 4, 2019 12:13 PM Sijia Lin receives award in the Graves Piano Competition
Second year piano master's student Sijia Lin recently won second place in the Young Artists Division of the OhioMTA/Graves Solo Piano Competition, held Sunday, March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Sijia is from Chengdu, China and studies with Professor Robert Satterlee. In addition to receiving a cash prize, Sijia will play on a winner's concert in Columbus in March.
Feb 12, 2019 2:37 PM Solungga Liu, Featured Artist and Faculty at the Sicily International Piano Festival and Competition
Associate Professor Solungga Liu, Coordinator of the Piano Area, was one of featured guest artists at the 2019 Sicily International Piano Festival and Competition from January 18-27 in Catania, Sicily, Italy. Together with faculty from France, Great Britain, USA, Thailand and Italy, Liu taught and performed at the weeklong festival and participated in judging the Junior-Division Piano Competition.
Nov 3, 2017 2:25 PM Melton to play Mozart Concerto with Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Laura Melton will appear as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University.
Oct 6, 2017 2:55 PM BGSU Faculty Visit Sichuan Conservatory
BGSU professors Dr. Mikel Kuehn, Dr. Conor Nelson, Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz and Dr. Brian Snow traveled to Chengdu, China to take part in the 2nd International Baroque Music Week at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
May 30, 2017 10:16 AM Professor Thomas Rosenkranz to perform in Hong Kong
Associate Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz will travel to Hong Kong to be part of a multi-media project entitled "Many Visions of Many Cosmos: Olivier Messiaen's Visions de l'amen".
May 5, 2017 11:08 AM Olivier Messiaen's "Catalogue of Birds (Catalogue d'Oiseaux)"
BGSU faculty, students and alumni will present Olivier Messiaen's "Catalogue of Birds" on May 14 from 2-5 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon.
May 3, 2017 10:54 AM Solungga Liu Celebrates Major CD Release with the U of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
The highly respected independent label Bridge Records has just announced the release of an album featuring Solungga Liu, Associate Professor of Piano, in a CD of virtuosic works for wind ensemble by Gregory Mertl, performed by the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.