David Dubal (born Cleveland, Ohio) is an American pianist, teacher, author, lecturer, broadcaster, and painter.
Musician and Painter
Mr. Dubal has given piano recitals and master classes worldwide, and has also judged international piano competitions (to include the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). He recorded several albums jointly with pianist Stanley Waldoff for the Musical Heritage Society label, and three CDs of these recordings have been released on the ArkivCD label. His album of Aram Khachaturian solo piano works recorded for the Genesis label has not been given a CD release, although it has been archived at YouTube. Mr. Dubal appeared in the 2013 Dutch film Nostalgia: The Music of Wim Statius Muller, commenting on the musical compositions of Wim Statius Muller, who was his teacher at Ohio State University. Mr. Dubal has taught at the Juilliard School since 1983 and the Manhattan School of Music since 1994. His strikingly vivid drawings and paintings have garnered attention and praise for the impressions they have made.
Mr. Dubal is the author of highly acclaimed books that include The Art of the Piano, Evenings with Horowitz, Conversations with Menuhin, Reflections from the Keyboard, Conversations with Joao Carlos Martins, The Essential Canon of Classical Music (an encyclopedic guide to the prominent composers of the Western canon), and Remembering Horowitz (with 125 essays by accomplished pianists and a disc of Vladimir Horowitz and Dubal in conversation). He also wrote and hosted The Golden Age of the Piano, an Emmy Award winning documentary, produced by Peter Rosen. Several of his articles on music have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, and his piece "Let's Tickle the Ivories," published in The New Criterion, generated much comment.
Mr. Dubal is a renowned public speaker who has regularly lectured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, giving two lectures in 2009 on Mendelssohn, a 200th birthday lecture on Chopin and Schumann in 2010, three lectures in 2011 on Russian Romantic composers, and four lectures in 2012 on "La Belle Epoque." He gave three lectures (on Chopin, Liszt, and the history of the piano) at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Dubal has given interviews on the subjects of the great pianists, music history and tradition, and the century of social change to the Snapshots Music and Arts Foundation, and these interviews are available to hear at their website.
Current Broadcasting Activity
Mr. Dubal is the host of The Piano Matters, a program of comparative piano performances that can be heard on WWFM-FM and other U.S. radio stations. He is also the host of a weekly radio show on WQXR-FM, entitled Reflections from the Keyboard. From April 2013 until June 2013, he was the host of a show titled The Romantic Piano on WQXR-FM.
Music Director of WNCN-FM
From 1967-1990, Mr. Dubal served as Music Director of legendary New York City classical music radio station WNCN-FM. In 1976, he hosted a regular program of comparative performances titled A Musical Offering, and more than a hundred of these programs have been archived at YouTube. In 1980, his series of interviews with Vladimir Horowitz, Conversations with Horowitz, was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award. In the early 1980s, Dubal interviewed Claudio Arrau for a series titled Conversations with Arrau, consisting of six programs on the great pianist's life and career. In 1985, he interviewed Yehudi Menuhin at the WNCN-FM studios; much of this conversation was used in the book Conversations with Menuhin. Dubal also hosted a WNCN-FM program titled For the Love of Music, in which he interviewed numerous pianists (including Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, and Alexis Weissenberg), composers (including John Corigliano, Phillip Ramey, and William Mayer), and other prominent persons in the arts (including Quentin Crisp, Shlomo Mintz, and Alan Walker); more than a hundred of these interviews have also been archived at YouTube.
Mr. Dubal was honored by composer Virgil Thomson with a musical portrait titled "David Dubal: In Flight"; it has been recorded by pianist Jacquelyn Helin and a version orchestrated by Mr. Thomson was also recorded. (An analysis of "David Dubal: In Flight" can be found in Anthony Tommasini's book Virgil Thomson's Musical Portraits). In 1986, Mr. Dubal was recognized for his work at WNCN-FM with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for broadcasting. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the State University of New York.
- "David Dubal Biography". Great Composers. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Invitation to the Dance (David Dubal & Stanley Waldoff) at ArkivMusic.com
- Music of the Romantic Pianist/Composer (David Dubal & Stanley Waldoff) at ArkivMusic.com
- 'Aram Khachaturian -- David Dubal -- Piano Music' info at Discogs.com
- Nostalgia: The Music of Wim Statius Muller (2013) at imdb.com
- The Juilliard School – Music Division Faculty – David Dubal
- 'The Other Side of David Dubal' from Juilliard Journal (2008)
- Amazon's David Dubal page
- 38th Annual New York Emmy Awards
- Dubal on Gottschalk in Wall Street Journal (2013)
- Dubal on Liszt in Wall Street Journal (2012)
- Dubal on Chopin's 'Preludes' in Wall Street Journal (2010)
- Dubal on Debussy in Wall Street Journal (2012)
- Comments on "Let's Tickle the Ivories" at NewCriterion.com
- Dubal on Mendelssohn at the Met, 2009
- Dubal on Chopin & Schumann at the Met, 2010
- Dubal on "Russian Romantics" at the Met, 2011
- Dubal on "La Belle Epoque" at the Met, 2012
- David Dubal on history and tradition at SnapshotsFoundation.com
- David Dubal on the great pianists at SnapshotsFoundation.com
- David Dubal on the century of social change at SnapshotsFoundation.com
- Archived episodes of The Piano Matters at WWFM.org
- Archived episodes of Reflections from the Keyboard at WQXR.org
- Archived episodes of The Romantic Piano at WQXR.org
- WNCN.org website
- Episodes of A Musical Offering archived at YouTube.com
- George Foster Peabody Award winners
- Conversations with Arrau archived at YouTube
- Feb. 13, 1985 interview with Yehudi Menuhin archived at YouTube.com
- For the Love of Music interviews archived at YouTube.com
- "David Dubal: In Flight" recorded by Jacquelyn Helin
- "David Dubal: In Flight", Oshkosh S.O., Henri B. Pensis, conductor
- Virgil Thomson's Musical Portraits by Anthony Tommasini at Amazon.com
- 19th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Recipients
- State University of New York (SUNY) Honorary Degrees