David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition
The 14th Annual David D. Dubois
Piano Festival and Competition:
February 2-4, 2024
Guest Artist & Finals Judge
Piano Faculty at Bard College Conservatory of Music &
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Winner of Naumburg and Geneva Piano Competitions
Avery Fisher Career Grant
1st Prize ($3,000) – Aurora Wang (Student of Alexandre Braginsky) – Shoreview, MN
2nd Prize ($2,000) – Cory Wu (Student of Kathleen Sadoff/Nina Polonsky) – Powell, OH
3rd Prize ($1,000) – Erik Jacoby (Student of Kathleen Sadoff/Nina Polonsky) – New Albany, OH
Honorable Mention – Sophia Lin (Student of Marjorie Lee) – Falls Church, VA
Levi Li – (Student of Nina Polonsky) – Powell, OH
Jean Yu (Student of Logan Skelton) – Rochester Hills, MI
Katia Jacoby (Student of Kathleen Sadoff/Nina Polonsky) – New Albany, OH
Julia Siciliano – Chicacgo, IL
Yu-Lien The – Western Michigan University
Anton Nel – University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music
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).
All photos credit of David Dupont / BG Independent News
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
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.
Scholarships to BGSU Summer Music Institute (Piano Camp) are also available to all competitors.
- The application process and fee are done in one form.
- Fill out the application form and submit by January 11th, 2024
- 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.
- Click "Check Out" and add payment form to pay for the $25 application fee.
You must also email the following to meltonL@bgsu.edu by January 11, 2024:
- Proof of date of birth (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
- Photo (high-resolution jpg)
- Bio (100-150 words in paragraph form)
- A link to a pre-screening video recording of one piece from competition repertoire. Video may be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
- Release Form
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.
Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty are available via Zoom between January 9-31, 2024 or in-person at BGSU on February 1-2, 2024. Indicate on your application if you would like a lesson.
January 13, 2024 – Notification of semi-finalists via email
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.
David D. Dubois Piano Competition and Festival 2024 Schedule
Lessons with BGSU Faculty (if indicated on application):
January 9-31 via Zoom
February 1-2 In-person
Friday, February 2, 2024
Guest Artist Master Class with Gilles Vonsattel 2:30-4:30 pm (Bryan Recital Hall)
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Semi-Final Round 9:30am – 5:00pm (Kobacker Hall)
Guest Artist Solo Recital 8:00pm (Bryan Recital Hall) – admission is free
Announcement of Finalists ca. 5:30pm (Bryan Recital Hall)
Sunday, February 4, 2024
Final Round 9:00am – 12:30pm (Kobacker Hall)
Covid-19 Protocols: BGSU will follow guidance from the Wood County Health Department. Individuals may choose to wear face coverings at any time.
Updated: 11/20/2023 08:30AM