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 music programs with both amateur and professional musicians.
Mikhail Dubov started his piano studies in the class of Olga Gruzdeva at the Chopin College School in Moscow. One of the most promising students, he eventually chose a career in computer science over being a concert pianist, but still continued to study the piano with Olga Potekhina and also had master classes with such renowned musicians as Rena Shereshevskaya, İdil Biret, Florian Uhlig and others. His performances have been recognized at various international competitions, including the 1st "Claviarium" Competition in Moscow (2011, 2nd prize), the 7th "Piano Bridges" Competition 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 many international festivals, including the "Les Amateurs Virtuoses!" piano festival in Paris, Festival des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Louviers and 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 forms a piano duo with another amateur pianist Polina Rendak, with whom he performs a diverse 4 hands and 2 pianos repertoire. He also regularly appears with his father, Sergei Dubov, the principal viola of the Russian National Orchestra, and collaborates with many other professional musicians, including violinists Fedor Beznosikov and Anna Trukhina, violists Ivan Agafonov and Ekaterina Tatarintseva, cellists Arseny Beznosikov and Boris Zhilinsky, and many others.
What distinguishes his concerts is the original choice of repertoire, which ranges from baroque to contemporary music and features many less known masterpieces by Russian late romantic composers, such as Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Taneyev, and also Nikolai Golovanov, whose piano music he premiered in France. French music, in particular that by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, plays an important part in his solo and chamber repertoire as well, and so do the jazzy works by George Gershwin and Nikolai Kapustin. Mikhail Dubov puts a lot of effort into popularizing classical music. In the past seasons, he has organized and conducted several series of educational concerts covering the history of Russian and French music. These concerts-lectures took place in a range of chamber halls and met with a warm reception from the audience.