David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

2019 David D. Dubois Piano Competition

Friday, February 1- Sunday, February 3, 2019

Congratulations to our winners and finalist:


Natasha Wu, Taiwan – 1st Prize (student of Rolf-Peter Wille)

Colin Choi, Chicago, IL – 2nd Prize (student of Sueanne Metz)

Kasey Shao, Cincinnati, OH – 3rd Prize (student of Ran Dank)

Briant Li, Houston, TX – Honorable Mention (student of John Weems)

Stephanie Petinaux, Pittsburgh, PA – Honorable Mention (student of Marina Lupinacci)


Arun Kamath, Cincinnati, OH (student of Richard Van Dyke)

Elizabeth Qiu, Potomac, MD (student of Marjorie Lee)

Jubilee Wang, Farmington Hills, MI (student of Logan Skelton)

Dr. Marina Lomazov, Guest Artist


Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Ms. Lomazov has given major debuts in New York (Weill-Carnegie Hall) Boston (Symphony Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series), Los Angeles (Museum of Art), Shanghai (City Theater) and Kiev (Kiev International Music Festival).

She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), KUG Orchester Graz (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England), Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic, to name a few. New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini describes a recent New York performance as “dazzling” and Talk Magazine Shanghai describes her performances as “a dramatic blend of boldness and wit”.

In recent seasons, Lomazov has performed extensively in China, South Africa, Italy, Spain, and in the United States. She is a frequent guest at music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Hamamatsu, Chautauqua, Brevard, Eastman, Perugia (Italy), Burgos (Spain), Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany) and Varna (Bulgaria), among others. She has recorded for the Albany, Centaur and Innova labels and American Record Guide praised her recent recording of piano works by Rodion Shchedrin for its “breathtaking virtuosity”.

Before immigrating to the United States in 1990, Marina studied at the Kiev Conservatory where she became the youngest First Prize Winner at the all-Kiev Piano Competition. Ms. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades. Also active as a chamber musician, Lomazov has performed widely as a member of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. Praised for “demon precision and complete dedication” (Audio Society),the duo garnered significant attention as Second Prize winners at the Sixth Biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists (2005), the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time.

Ms. Lomazov is Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina School of Music where she is Founder and Artistic Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. She is currently serving as a chair for National Panelist for YoungArts, the only organization in the US that nominates U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. In fall of 2018 she will be joining the faculty of the Eastman School of Music as a professor of piano.

Ms. Lomazov is a Steinway Artist.

You can listen to Ms. Lomazov here.


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 uploaded video recording file is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


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.The same repertoire will be used for both semi-final and final rounds.

Screening Recording

All entrants must submit a video screening recording of one piece from their competition repertoire on or before Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube, Youku, or a similar site. Email the link to meltonL@bgsu.edu.


All entrants will be notified of acceptance via email by Friday, January 11, 2019.


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, February 1:

Private lessons with BGSU Piano faculty available in the morning
Guest Artist Master Class — Dr. Marina Lomazov, piano
2:30-4:30, Bryan Recital Hall

Saturday, February 2:

Competition Semi-Finals, 9:00am-5:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of finalists, 5:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Solo Piano Recital, Dr. Marina Lomazov, 8:00 pm, Bryan Recital Hall

Sunday, February 3:

Competition Finals, 8:30am-12:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of winners immediately following conclusion of finals, Kobacker Hall

The competition performances will be live streamed on the College of Musical Arts YouTube channel.

Winners of the 2019 David D. Dubois Piano Competition
2019 Winners
Photo by David Dupont