An award winner of the prestigious International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris, Mikhail Dubov is very active as a pianist. Along with pursuing his professional career in the IT industry, he frequently gives solo recitals and performs diverse chamber programs with both amateur and professional musicians.
Mikhail Dubov started his piano studies with Olga Gruzdeva at the Chopin College School in Moscow. One of the most promising students, he has eventually chosen a career in computer science over being a concert pianist, but still 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. His performances have been recognized at various international competitions, including the most prominent Russian amateur piano competition, "Piano Bridges", in Saint Petersburg (2017, 1st prize in piano duo with Polina Rendak), and also the 25th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris (2014, 3d prize & Press award) – an event that attracts about 100 top-level pianists each year and is considered to be 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».
Mikhail Dubov has appeared at multiple international festivals, including the travelling "Les Amateurs Virtuoses!" piano festival (for which he played in Paris, Fontainebleau, Bayreuth, Cape Town and Saint Petersburg), 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 frequently performs in a piano duo with Polina Rendak and also regularly 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, 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 performed many times in Russia (including the Golovanov Memorial Flat in Moscow) and also premiered in France. In 2019, he gave the Russian premiere of Mikhail Pletnev's Cello Sonata (with Arseny Beznosikov), and also played his Variations on a Theme by Rachmaninoff for the first time in France in 2015. French music, in particular that by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, plays an important part in his solo and chamber repertoire, and so do quite a few jazzy works by George Gershwin and Nikolai Kapustin. 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.