Piano


Mikhail Dubov at the 25th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris

An award winner of the prestigious International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris, Mikhail Dubov enjoys his professional career in tech while also being active as a pianist who collaborates with both amateurs and professionals from around the world.

A promising piano student in his teens, Mikhail Dubov had eventually chosen a career in computer science over being a concert pianist. He still continued his piano studies with Olga Potekhina, and also had master classes with such musicians as Rena Shereshevskaya, Florian Uhlig, and Philip Fowke. In 2014, he won the 3d prize and the Press award at the 25th Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Paris – one of the most important amateur competitions in the world. After the final round, "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, has totally enchanted us».

Sergei Dubov & Mikhail Dubov at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Since then, Mikhail Dubov has appeared at a number of international festivals, including the travelling "Les Amateurs Virtuoses!" piano festival (for which he 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 Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. As a chamber musician, Mikhail Dubov regularly performs in a piano duo with his wife Polina Rendak and appears with his father Sergei Dubov, violist at Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He has collaborated with many other professional musicians too, including pianists Dmitry Shishkin and İdil Biret, LMP principals Peter Francomb and Peter Wright, and cellist Arseny Beznosikov. He has been London-based since 2016, and a member of the London City Philharmonic orchestra since 2020.

Mikhail Dubov and Julien Kurtz at the "Les Amateurs Virtuoses!" piano festival in Saint Petersburg

What distinguishes his concert programmes is the original choice of repertoire that ranges from Bach to Kapustin and features many less known masterpieces by such composers as Nikolai Medtner, Walter Gieseking, Carl Frühling, Louise Farrenc, and also Nikolai Golovanov, whose impressionistic piano music he premiered in France and the UK. In 2019, he gave the Russian premiere of Mikhail Pletnev's Cello Sonata (with Arseny Beznosikov), and in 2015 played Pletnev's Variations on a Theme by Rachmaninoff for the first time in France.

Mikhail Dubov puts a lot of effort into popularising classical music: over the past seasons, he has presented multiple lecture concerts covering the history of French and Russian music. He is also the person behind the "Classical Rarities" project on YouTube.

Repertoire


Arensky, A.

Suite for 2 pianos No. 2 ("Silhouettes")

Bach, J. S.

WTC I – Preludes & Fugues in E major, E-flat minor
WTC II – Preludes & Fugues in C minor, D minor
Suite from Violin Partita No. 3 (arr. Rachmaninoff)

Beethoven, L. v.

Piano Concerto No. 5
Piano Sonata No. 8 ("Pathétique")
Piano Sonata No. 14 ("Mondschein")

Brahms, J.

Clarinet (Viola) Sonata No. 1 in F minor op. 120
Scherzo from FAE-Sonata for violin and piano

Debussy, C.

"Petite Suite" for piano 4 hands

Dvořák, A.

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major op. 81

Dutilleux, H.

Sonatine for flute and piano

Farrenc, L.

Sextet for piano and winds in C minor op. 40
Trio for piano, flute and cello in E minor op. 45

Fauré, G.

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor op. 15

Franck, C.

Violin Sonata in A major

Frühling, C.

Trio for piano, clarinet and cello op. 40

Gershwin, G.

3 Preludes
"Porgy and Bess" Fantasy for 2 pianos (arr. Granger)

Gieseking, W.

Quintet for piano and winds
Sonatine for flute and piano

Golovanov, N.

Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor op. 10
Estampes op. 29 (selections)
"Lamento" for cello (violin) and piano op. 46

Grieg, E.

Lyric Pieces (selections)

Haydn, J.

Piano Concerto No. 11
Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major

Jacob, G.

Sextet for piano and winds

Kapustin, N.

8 Concert Etudes op. 40 – III, VI
Sonatina op. 100

Liszt, F.

3 Concert Etudes S. 144 – III. "Un Sospiro"
6 Consolations S. 172 – III. Lento placido

MacDowell, E.

Forgotten Fairy Tales op. 4 (selections)
Fireside Tales op. 61 (selections)

Marais, M.

"Five Old French Dances" for viola and piano

Martinů, B.

La Revue de Cuisine

Medtner, N.

Fairy Tales op. 14, 20, 26, 34, 51 (selections)
Forgotten Melodies op. 38, 39 (selections)
"Russian Round Dance" for 2 pianos op. 58 No. 1
Violin Sonata No. 1 op. 21
Violin Sonata No. 3 op. 57

Mussorgsky, M.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pletnev, M.

Cello Sonata
Variations on a Theme by Rachmaninoff

Poulenc, F.

Sextet for piano and winds

Prokofiev, S.

Tales of an Old Grandmother op. 31
"Cinderella" Suite for 2 pianos (arr. Pletnev)

Rachmaninoff, S.

Morceaux de fantaisie op. 3
Preludes op. 23, 32 (selections)
Suite for 2 pianos No. 1 op. 5
Suite for 2 pianos No. 2 op. 17
Symphonic Dances for 2 pianos op. 45
Romance for piano 6 hands

Ravel, M.

Sonatine in F-sharp minor
Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
"Ma mère l'Oye" for piano 4 hands
Rapsodie Espagnole for 2 pianos

Rimsky-Korsakov, N.

Quintet for piano and winds op. posth.

Schubert, F.

Arpeggione Sonata D. 821
Piano Trio No. 2 D. 929
Fantasia in F minor for piano 4 hands D. 940

Scriabin, A.

Etude in C-sharp minor op. 2 No. 1
Prelude for the Left Hand op. 9 No. 1
24 Preludes op. 11 (selections)

Shostakovich, D.

Piano Trio No. 1 op. 8
Concertino for 2 pianos op. 74

Sugár, R.

Frammenti musicali for piano and winds

Svetlanov, E.

12 Preludes (selections)
Two Simple Songs for violin and piano

Taneyev, S.

Piano Quintet in G minor op. 30
Prelude in F major

Tchaikovsky, P.

The Seasons op. 37b (selections)

Thuille, L.

Sextet for piano and winds in B-flat major op. 6

Weber, C. M. v.

Trio for piano, flute and cello in G minor op. 63

Zaderatsky, V.

24 Preludes (selections)