Dan Kubus has over 30 years' experience in the study of piano performance and instruction. In addition to winning numerous prizes, awards, and honors, Dr. Kubus has performed with numerous artists. In April 1994, Kubus, at the age of 13, convincingly won first place in the Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition (Division VIII) administered by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas. Later that year in October, Kubus gave a well-received solo performance in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Kubus was also the victor among high-school seniors in the St. Louis Young Artist Competition in April 1999.
Kubus earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano performance from Truman State University, where he continued winning nearly every competitive event in which he participated. He received awards of Honorable Mention and Winner in consecutive years in the Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division. In 2003, Kubus was a co-winner of Truman State's Gold Medal Concerto Competition.
Dr. Kubus has performed all over the United States, including appearances in Texas, Illinois, New York, and Idaho. He is a widely respected and sought-after solo recitalist and collaborative artist, and has performance experience in many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, blues, musical theatre, rock, country, and salsa. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa in May 2011. Dr. Kubus has performed and worked with numerous distinguished artists. In November 2011, Dr. Kubus performed a recital with Boris Allakhverdyan, the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, along with noted opera tenor and Aurora University professor Joshua Baum later that month. Other recital partners have included Jonathan Salter, professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro; professional cellist and violinist Brian and Karen Bjork Kubin; Jonathan Allen, adjunct professor of trombone at the University of Iowa; Lok Ng, piano professor at Truman State University; Fernando Zúñiga, professor of bassoon and piano at Universidad de Costa Rica; and Jen Hinkle, former principal bass trombonist of the Seattle Symphony.
In 2013, Dr. Kubus performed the world premiere of Paul Chihara's Sonata for Clarinet with clarinetist Jesse Krebs, as well as the world premiere of several selections from Robert Martin's One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji in October 2015. Dr. Kubus had the pleasure of performing with the saxophone trio Trés with Colin Young and José Zayas-Cabán. Additionally, Dr. Kubus also has experience as a competition judge, having most recently judged the 2014 MACRO Composition Competition.
In addition to running a private studio, Dr. Kubus is available to teach lessons via Skype.