David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

The 13th Annual David D. Dubois
Piano Festival and Competition: 
January 27-29, 2023

APPLY HERE


ANTON NEL, Guest Artist & Finals Judge

photo of Robert McDonald

Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies as well as recitals coast to coast. Overseas he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, major venues in China and Korea and undertakes regular tours to South Africa. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists at festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and annually presents masterclasses at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Orford Music Academy in Quebec and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Nel also frequently performs as harpsichordist and fortepianist. His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings, and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, Saint-Saens and Edward Burlingame Hill. The Johannesburg-born Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock.

Application deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
(application, $25 fee, link to screening video of one piece, supporting documents)

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

Prizes: $3,000; $2,000; $1,000

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.

Scholarships to BGSU Summer Music Institute (Piano Camp) are also available to all competitors.

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

All entrants will be notified of acceptance via email by Friday, January 6, 2023.

David D. Dubois Piano Competition and Festival 2023 Schedule

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty via Zoom are available to all competitors

Via Zoom: January 9-25, 2023
In-Person: January 26-27, 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023
2:30-4:30 p.m. Guest Artist Master Class – Anton Nel – Bryan Recital Hall.
Master Class will be in-person and livestreamed (https://www.youtube.com/user/bgsumusic/videos).

Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Semifinal Round – Kobacker Hall
5:30 p.m. Announcement of Finalists – Bryan Recital Hall
8 p.m. Guest Artist Solo Recital, Anton Nel, Bryan Recital Hall

Sunday, January 29, 2023
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Final Round – Kobacker Hall
1 p.m. Announcement of Winners/Photos

2022 Winners: 

1st Prize ($3,000) – Sophia Kim, Juilliard Prep, Wayne, NJ

2nd Prize ($2,000) – Noah Kim, Chicago, IL

3rd Prize ($1,000) – Munan Cheng, San Jose, CA

Honorable Mention – Gabriella Wei, Westlake, OH

Judges included Robert Shannon (Oberlin), Haewon Song (Oberlin), Frank Huang (Miami U), Matthew Hill (Goshen), Tian Tian (Oakland U), and Robert McDonald (Juilliard/Curtis).

Dubis 2022 semifinalists & judges
Finalists & judges (From left) : Sophia Kim, Kejia Gabriella Wei, Munan Cheng, Robert McDonald, Robert Shannon, Tian Tian, Keliang Yao, Noah Kim, Khoa Ho, and Cory Wu
Dubois 2022 semifinalists
Finalists (from left); Sophia Kim, Kejia Gabriella Wei, Munan Cheng, Keliang Yao, Noah Kim, Khoa Ho, and Cory Wu
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Winner: Sophia Kim
Dubois 2022 winners & judges
Winners with judges (from left): Sophia Kim, Kejia Gabriella Wei, Munan Cheng, Robert McDonald, Robert Shannon, Tian Tian, Noah Kim

All photos credit of David Dupont / BG Independent News

2021 WINNERS:

1st Prize - $3,000 – Shiv Yajnik (Dallas, TX)

2nd Prize - $2,000 – Katherine Liu (Wellesley Hills, MA)

3rd Prize - $1,000 – Natalie Chow (Livingston, NJ)

Winner's Concert- https://youtu.be/uVlyCdiIsIA

2021 Dubois Piano Festival & Competition Winners

Shiv Yajnik
Shiv Yajnik

Shiv Yajnik studies piano with Marcy McDonald and Alex McDonald. He received first-place awards and grand prizes from the Dallas Symphonic Festival, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the Collin County Young Artists Competition. Shiv performed with the Baylor Symphony and the Plano Symphony. He was a national finalist and won the Chopin Award in the 2020 MTNA competition; Shiv also won a discretionary award and the Best Performance of a Solo Work Since 1990 award at the 2019 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. Additionally, Shiv studies composition with David Karp. His compositions have placed at state and national level. Shiv was featured as a rising star in the 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival; the program featured his composition Ondine. In his school, Shiv is the founder of a club called Musicare; he and fellow musicians enjoy performing around the Dallas area to spread the joy of music in their community.

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7 (IV. Rondo, allegretto e grazioso)

Liszt: Deux légendes,  S. 175 

I.   St. François d’Assise, La prédication aux oiseaux

II.   St François marchant sur les flots

Vine: Sonata No. 1(1990) (II. Leggiero e legato)

Natalie Chow
Natalie Chow

Natalie Chow of Livingston, New Jersey, began studying piano at age five. She has been under the tutelage of concert pianist Beatrice Long. Natalie's recent accolades in 2020 include First Prizes at the Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Canadian International Music Competition, and two times National YoungArts Winner in Classical Music. Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall at age 7, she has performed at major venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New York Merkin Hall, and the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As a complement to her musical ventures, Natalie enjoys being an active volunteer in the local community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she participated in online fundraising concerts in support of Key2Sucess, a non-profit organization that provides music lessons and instruments to inner-city students in Newark. 

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a (I. Adagio – Allegro)

Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 

Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19

Andante 

Presto

Wild: Sonata (2000) (III. Toccata à la Ricky Martin)

Katherine Liu
Katherine Liu

Katherine Liu, 16, is a prize winner of numerous regional and international piano competitions such as the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, the Steinway Piano Competition, and the 2020 YoungArts National Competition. A student of HaeSun Paik at New England Conservatory, Katherine participated in the Cliburn Junior Festival and the “Lato z chopinem” festival in Poland and was accepted with full scholarship into Morningside Music Bridge. A two year recipient of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship, Katherine has also been featured on NPR's From the Top. Katherine has worked with artists such as Alexander Ghindin, Valery Kuleshov, Sean Chen, and Ruth Reinhardt.Most recently, Katherine won first prize in the 2020 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition for Young Pianists and was awarded the Special Prize for Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece in the 2020 Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition.

Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 24 (I. Allegro)

Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Chopin: Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C-sharp Minor

Ravel: La valse

Carter: Caténaires (from Two Thoughts about the Piano)


Eligibility

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

Prizes

  • 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. 

Scholarships to BGSU Summer Music Institute (Piano Camp) are also available to all competitors.

Application Steps

Fill the Application

Email the following to meltonL@bgsu.edu by January 4, 2023:

  • Proof of date of birth (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Photo (hi-res jpg)
  • Bio (100-150 words in paragraph form)
  • Link to pre-screening video recording of one piece from competition repertoire 
  • Release Form

Repertoire

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.

Pre-screening Video

Upload one piece from competition repertoire to YouTube or Vimeo for pre-screening. Send the link to meltonL@bgsu.edu by January 4, 2023.

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty are available via Zoom between January 9-25, 2023 or in-person at BGSU on January 26-27, 2023. Indicate on your application if you would like a lesson.

Notification

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 – Deadline for application, fee, supporting documents
Friday, January 6, 2023 – Notification of semi-finalists

Contact

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

Apply Here

  1. The application process and fee are done in one form.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Once finished filling in the information, be sure to go to check out by clicking "Add to Cart" at the end of the application page.
  4. Click "Check Out" and add payment form to pay for application fee.

Release Form

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.

 

Winners of the 2020 David D. Dubois Piano Competition
2020 Competition finalists
Congratulations to ALL finalists on such high-level performances. In addition, our deepest appreciation goes to the distinguished judges of the final round: Boris Berman, Steven Glaser and Virginia Marks (left to right: Steven Glaser, Virginia Marks, Natalie Zhang, Abhijit Devalapura, Arun Kamath, Kasey Shao, Elena Lu, Tan Nguyen, Maxine Park, Boris Berman, and Bob Swinehart, the Dubois Endowment Executor)

First Prize: Kasey Shao, Cincinnati, OH

Second Prize: Alena Lu, Potomac, MD

Third Prizes: Tan Nguyen, Leesburg, VA and Abhijit Devalapura, New Albany, OH

Honorable Mention: Maxine Park, Hanover, NH

David D. Dubois Piano Competition and Festival 2023 Schedule

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty via Zoom are available to all competitors
Via Zoom: January 9-25, 2023
In-Person: January 26-27, 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023
2:30-4:30 p.m. Guest Artist Master Class – Anton Nel – Bryan Recital Hall. Master Class will be in-person and livestreamed (https://www.youtube.com/user/bgsumusic/videos).

Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Semifinal Round – Kobacker Hall
5:30 p.m. Announcement of Finalists – Bryan Recital Hall
8 p.m. Guest Artist Solo Recital, Anton Nel, Bryan Recital Hall


Sunday, January 29, 2023
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Final Round – Kobacker Hall
1 p.m. Announcement of Winners/Photos


COVID-19 Protocols

Covid-19 Protocols: BGSU will follow guidance from the Wood County Health Department. Individuals may choose to wear face coverings at any time.

Updated: 11/08/2022 04:10PM