David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

February 10-12, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 David D. Dubois Piano Competition!

1st place ($3,000 prize): Chi Zhang, 16 y.o., Lawrence, KS
2nd place ($2,000 prize): Roger Shen, 17 y.o., Northbrook, IL
3rd place ($1,000 prize): Isabelle Lian, 15 y.o., Novi, MI
Honorable Mentions: John Cao, Arlington Heights, IL & Junhao Wang, Sandy, UT

Winners of the 2017 David D. Dubois Piano Competition
2017 Winners

Chu-Fang Huang, guest artist

Chu-Fang Photo

Feb. 10-12, 2017

Recipient of a 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Chu-Fang Huang burst onto the music scene as a finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and as First Prize Winner of the Cleveland Piano Competition that same year.  In 2006, she won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and made critically acclaimed debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center in the Young Concert Artists Series.

Among the many orchestras with whom Ms. Huang has appeared as soloist are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Symphony Orchestras of Detroit, Phoenix, Pasadena, Des Moines, Lafayette, Fairfax, Rockford, and Anchorage.  Festival appearances include at the Bard Festival, the Honest Brook Festival in New York, and the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, ChinaShe toured in chamber music concerts with Charles Wadsworth and Friends.  Ms. Huang has performed recitals at venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Morgan Library and Museum, and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Her breathtaking recording of Scarlatti sonatas is available on the Naxos label.  She is recording five CDs of all-Chinese works on Naxos.

Ms. Huang’s performances have circled the globe.  She has performed in Canada on the Vancouver Recital Society Series, in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, in China with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the China, Shenzhen, and Liaoning Philharmonic Orchestras, at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, the Mustafa Kemal Center in Istanbul, and at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

After early studies at the Shenyang Music Conservatory, Ms. Huang continued her studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she studied with Laura Melton.  Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Claude Frank, and her Master’s and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she worked with Robert McDonald.  Ms. Huang is the Artistic Director of the Ameri-China International Music Association, which she founded to provide opportunities for young Chinese pianists to study in the United States.  She is a Steinway Artist and resides in New York City.


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 Monday, January 16, 2017.


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 Monday, January 16, 2017. 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 20, 2017.


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 10:

Guest Artist Master Class — Chu-Fang Huang, piano
2:30-4:30, Bryan Recital Hall

Saturday, February 11:

Competition Semi-Finals, 9:00am-5:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of finalists, 5:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Solo Recital — Chu-Fang Huang, piano, 8:00pm, Bryan Recital Hall

Sunday, February 12:

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