An award winner of the prestigious International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris, Mikhail Dubov enjoys his professional career as a data scientist while also being active as a solo recitalist and a chamber musician who collaborates with both amateurs and professionals from around the world.
Mikhail Dubov started his piano studies with Olga Gruzdeva at the Chopin College School in Moscow. One of the most promising students, he had eventually chosen a career in computer science over being a concert pianist, but continued to study the piano with Olga Potekhina while at university. He also had master classes with such renowned musicians as Rena Shereshevskaya, İdil Biret, Philip Fowke and others. In 2014, he won the 3d prize and the Press award at the 25th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris – one of the most important competitions for amateurs in the world. After the final round of the competition, "La Lettre du Musicien" wrote of him: «Mikhail Dubov is a first-rate Ravelist. His delicate, subtle performance of Ravel's "Sonatine", full of crystalline sonority and magnificent timbres, with an extraordinary sense of tempo, has totally enchanted us». In 2017, he won the 1st prize at the most prominent amateur competition in Russia, the 7th "Piano Bridges" competition in Saint Petersburg, in a piano duo with Polina Rendak.
Mikhail Dubov has appeared at a number of international festivals, including the travelling "Les Amateurs Virtuoses!" piano festival (for which he has played in Paris, Bayreuth, Saint Petersburg and Cape Town), Festival des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Louviers as well as the "Musica Integral" chamber music festival in Moscow. He has performed at such venues as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the State Academic Capella in Saint Petersburg and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. As a chamber musician, Mikhail Dubov regularly performs in a piano duo with his wife Polina Rendak and also appears with his father, Sergei Dubov, the principal viola of the Russian National Orchestra. He has collaborated with many other professional musicians as well, including pianist İdil Biret, hornist Peter Francomb, violinists Fedor Beznosikov and Anna Trukhina, violists Ivan Agafonov and Ekaterina Tatarintseva, and cellist Arseny Beznosikov.
What distinguishes his concert programmes is the original choice of repertoire that features many less known masterpieces by Russian composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Taneyev, and also Nikolai Golovanov, whose impressionistic piano music he premiered in France and in the UK. In 2019, he gave the Russian premiere of Mikhail Pletnev's Cello Sonata (with Arseny Beznosikov), and in 2015, played his Variations on a Theme by Rachmaninoff for the first time in France. Mikhail Dubov puts a lot of effort into popularizing classical music: over the past seasons, he has organized and conducted multiple lecture concerts covering the history of Russian and French music.