David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

SAVE THE DATES!! The 12th Annual David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition: FEBRUARY 4-6, 2022


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

2021 Dubois Piano Festival & Competition Finalists

Regina Lin
Regina Lin

Regina Lin, age 17, a top prize winner at numerous competitions for the past 10 years, including Gold Medalist at the 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition, Bronze Medalist at 2020 International Piano Star Competition, 1st place at 2019 National Walgreens Concerto Competition, 2nd prize at Emory University Young Artist Piano Competition, and many top prizes at state and local competitions.

Regina made her orchestra debut with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, as a winner of Texas State International Piano Festival Concerto Competition. She has appeared on prestige NPR’s radio show “From the Top” and WRR101.1 classic music  channel.  She was also featured as Rising Star at 2017 and 2020 Basically Beethoven Festival.

Haydn: Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32 (I. Allegro moderato) 
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171

Dutilleux: Sonate (III. Choral et variations)

Bryant Li, 15
Bryant Li

Bryant Li, 15, 10th Grader at Seven Lakes High School, started piano at age 6 with Mr. John Weems. His awards include: MTNA National Junior Piano 2nd Place Winner, TMTA Piano Winner, International Junior Van Cliburn Festival Participant, Steinway Junior Piano Houston Winner, NOPI Concerto Competition Winner, Clear Lake Concerto Junior Piano Winner, Baylor Piano Competition Winner, Blinn College Young Pianists Grand Prize; TSU Young Pianist Winner. Bryant is Houston Young Artist and Music Doing Good scholarship recipient.

Bryant appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” recording #321 and made his orchestra debut at age 11. Bryant is founder for Music of Harmony – a non-profit organization with 850 student volunteers, 30 team leaders, and presented over 400 volunteer performances and outreach concerts in senior homes, and 4 annual concerts, raising over $8000 for charity. During COVID-19 Pandemic, MOH continues to present 10~12 virtual concerts to seniors monthly on YouTube. In his spare time, Bryant enjoys reading philosophy and dystopian novels, cycling and listening to classical music.

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, WTC II, BWV 875

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 (I. Allegro) 

Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (IV. Presto, ma non troppo) 

Vine: Sonata No. 1 (I. MM=48; II. Leggiero e legato)

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)

Aleks Shameti
Aleks Shameti

Aleks Shameti  is a high school senior at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor. He has been playing piano since the age of 10, and has enjoyed performing in competitions, and playing with the Albanian National Orchestra. He moved to America at the age of 15, from Albania, and continued to practice piano under the tutelage of Christopher Harding. He also enjoys composing his own songs.

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, WTC I, BWV 857

Beethoven: Sonata in C Major Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” 

Allegro con brio

Introduzione. Adagio molto 

Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo

Chopin: Étude Op. 25, No. 11 “Winter Wind” 

Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20

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



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)

Rebekah Hong
Rebekah Hong, 16

Rebekah Hong, 16, resides in Amherst, Massachusetts. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 15, performing Saint Saens Concerto No. 5 with the Windham Orchestra. Rebekah has earned numerous prizes, including first place at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Northeast Ohio MTA competitions, first place at the 2018 Steinway and Sons Junior Piano Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2018 Lee University International Piano Competition, first place at the 2019 Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition, first prize at the 2019 Crescendo International Music Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2020 Arthur Frasier International Piano Competition. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and has been invited to masterclasses with Hyoung-Joon Chang, Andrew Armstrong, Pei-Chun Liao, Cahill Smith, and Soyeon Kate Lee. Rebekah has received acceptance to Lee University International Piano Festival, Green Lake Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Southeastern Piano Festival. She studies under Jeewon Park.

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, WTC II, BWV 874

Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 (I. Allegro assai) 

Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Cory Wu
Cory Wu

Cory Wu is a 10th grader attending Columbus Academy. He started piano at 5 and is currently studying with Mrs. Kathleen Sadoff and Nina Polonsky. He participates in various music activities and competitions and has received multiple awards. Such as first places in MTNA (Eastern Central Division) Competition (Duet, 2021); PianoStar International Piano Competition (2020); MTNA (Ohio) Competition (Solo, 2019); Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition (Concerto, 2019); Columbus Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2019), New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition (2019); OMTA Graves Competition (Duet 2020, Solo 2019) et. al. In 2019, Cory made his debut playing with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, he plays soccer and tennis.

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E Major, WTC I, BWV 854

Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2 (I. Allegro vivace)

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

Liszt: Transcendental Étude “Mazeppa”, S. 139

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 (I. Allegro agitato)

Natalie Zhang
Natalie Zhang

Sixteen-year-old pianist Natalie Zhang, a sophomore at Weston High School of Massachusetts, started her piano studies at the age of 4. She is a scholarship recipient of the National Chopin Foundation, a National YoungArts Classical Music Winner, and a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie. Natalie has won many top awards in regional and international competitions, including the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Piano League International Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Hartford Chopin International Competition and the Steinway Competition. She was the First Prize winner of MTNA Senior Piano Competition of Massachusetts and an Eastern division finalist, winner of the Leonard Wood Concerto Competition of Arlington Philharmonic. She was featured frequently at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts, New York International Artists, American Protégé and Bradshaw Buono. She has attended highly selective international festivals such as Gina Bachauer, Piano Cleveland, PianoTexas, Southeastern, Vivace Matera and MusicFest Perugia. Natalie is currently under the tutelage of Professor Michael Lewin.

Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 (I. Presto)

Liszt: Faust Waltz

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

Golijov: Levante (2004)

Alice Zhang
Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang is a 17 year old pianist from Suwanee, Georgia. She began her studies at the age of five, and is a student of Lois Finlay and Peter Mack. She has received prizes in numerous competitions, includingthe Georgia MTNA Competition and International Grande Music Competition. Alice has appeared as a soloist with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Schwob Philharmonic at Columbus State University,and the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra.Eager to further pursue her musical studies, Alice has attended the Indiana University Piano Academy for four summers. She has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned pianists, including JeromeLowenthal, Nikolai Lugansky, Edward Auer, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Henry Kramer. As a devoted violinist, Alice has also been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, GMEA All-State Orchestras, and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. A recent early graduate of Lambert High School,Alice hopes to study piano performance in college.

Competitor #33:  Alice Zhang

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major, WTC I, BWV 862

Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2 (I. Allegro vivace)

Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Muczynski: Desperate Measures, Op. 48

ARTHUR GREENE, Guest Artist & Finals Judge

Arthur Greene

“Incomparable master-pianist” (Upper Austria Krone News, 2019) Arthur Greene was born in New York. He went to Yale College, and then Juilliard and Stony Brook, where he studied with Martin Canin. Mr. Greene was first prize winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer competitions. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and similar halls throughout Europe and Asia. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. Mr. Greene’s recordings include the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has performed mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.

Arthur Greene is a member of the piano faculty of the  University of Michigan, where he has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching. In 2012 Mr. Greene and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.

2021 David D. Dubois Competition Finals Judges

Pianist, Yu-Lien The
A dedicated pedagogue and sought-after clinician, Yu-Lien The is an Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Western Michigan University and has previously served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University, Valparaiso University, and Kalamazoo College.
A veteran chamber musician, Phillip Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, appeared innumerable times on Brooklyn's Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and at many other festivals worldwide.

Yu-Lien The, 2021 Competition Judge

Yu-Lien The has appeared throughout the US, Europe, and Southeast-Asia, soloing with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover, and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed at events like the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and venues such as Detroit Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia (Italy) and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, she was admitted to the National Concert Podium for Young Artists (Germany), which led to several concert tours with violinist Tomo Keller. Dr. The has been involved in many commissions and world premieres. She frequently collaborates with saxophonist Joe Lulloff and champions new works by composers such as Dorothy Chang, Stacy Garrop, and Carter Pann. 

Born in the Netherlands, Yu-Lien The received most of her musical training in Germany, where she obtained degrees in both piano and recorder performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She has earned an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold as well as a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. Her principal piano teachers were Arie Vardi, Anatol Ugorski, and Deborah Moriarty.  

Phillip Bush, 2021 Competition Judge

Acclaimed as "a pianist of poetry, elegance, and power" (American Record Guide) and "one of those rare pianists who combine structural intelligence with a hundred color gradations" (Village Voice), Phillip Bush has established a performing career over the past three decades that is noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism. Since the launch of his career upon winning the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and subsequent New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984, he has appeared as recitalist throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. 

Also a devoted advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush performed around the world for 20 years with both the Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians. Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan for several years and has served on the University of South Carolina School of Music faculty since 2012.


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.

Application Steps

Fill the Application

Email the following to meltonL@bgsu.edu by January 20, 2021:

  • Proof of date of birth (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Photo (hi-res jpg)
  • Bio (100-150 words in paragraph form)
  • Links to video recordings of competition repertoire (separate links to each piece)
  • 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.

Competition Videos

Video recordings should include all competition repertoire as specified in the repertoire requirements. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube (each piece separately) with the links sent via email to meltonL@bgsu.edu. Competitors should indicate which piece they would like to have viewed in the first round. Finalists will be chosen by Monday, January 25, 2021 and evaluated by external judges with winners announced on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty are available between January 20-February 7, 2021. Indicate on your application if you would like a lesson.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Deadline for application, fee, supporting documents

Monday, January 25, 2021 – Notification of finalists


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 2021 Schedule

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty via Zoom are available to all competitors (January 25-February 7, 2021).

Friday, February 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Master Class – Arthur Greene.
Master Class will be in-person and livestreamed (https://www.youtube.com/user/bgsumusic/videos).

Saturday, February 6, 8 p.m.
– Winners Concert –