Three-time winner of the prestigious Downbeat Award for Best Classical Recording of 2013 and for Latin American Music in 2010 and 2011, Duilio Dobrin’s career as conductor, pianist, and composer, has taken him to New York, Munich, Tokyo, Lugano, Montreal, Zagreb, Vienna, and Buenos Aires, among many other musical centers. He has been recently engaged by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (U.S.), Dubrovnik Music Festival (Croatia), Sauris Music Festival (Italy), Zagreb Philharmonic, and Varazdin Chamber Orchestra. He has served as Artistic Advisor to the Nicosia Music Society Chorus in Cyprus, Vienna, Austria, and Bled, Slovenia. Dobrin has also led the Solingen Symphony Orchestra (Germany); Juilliard Philharmonia, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon’s Summersing Choral Festival, Orquesta Academica del Teatro Colon, National Radio, National Symphony, Rosario Symphony and Bahia Blanca Symphony Orchestras (Argentina); Savaria Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), and the Orchestre Symphonique du McGill in Montreal (Canada).
Dobrin ’s performances rose to national attention during his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic where he shared the stage with artists ranging from Pinchas Zuckerman to Celia Cruz and conducted most major works in the orchestral repertoire over the span of a decade. He also created the LatinPops™ Series for the Florida Philharmonic, lauded as “a paroxysm of passion” by Diario Las Americas. As one of the country’s most exciting concepts in "pops" programming, this series generated numerous new subscribers, donors, and corporate sponsorships and received consistent ovations by the South Florida public.
He had previously served as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Connecticut. Comprised of musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, the COC presented six subscription concerts, including presentations at Merkin Hall in New York City. Maestro Dobrin received frequent praise from Robert Sherman of the New York Times.
Dobrin launched his career as assistant conductor to the Bach Choir at the Teatro Colon in his native Argentina. At this famed opera house, Dobrin developed his love for oratorio and operatic repertoire. He would later conduct productions of Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Fedora and The Elixir of Love, and American works such as Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Susanna, and the world premiere of A Piece of String by Seymour Barab. Dobrin’s orchestra pit experience also includes ballet and extends well beyond the traditional, having directed such Broadway shows as Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, Pajama Game, Take me along, and A little Night Music. Most notably, he was engaged as conductor for Salute to Harold Prince, with participating Broadway legends Elaine Stritch, Theodore Bikel, Debbie Shapiro, Kevin Gray and, Harold Prince, himself.
Dobrin had the privilege of studying under Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, Sergiu Celibidache in Munich, and Otto Werner-Mueller at Yale, where he received a Certificate of Post- Doctoral Studies. He holds Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Ball State University, the institution from which he received an Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dobrin graduated first in his class from the National Conservatory of Music in Argentina, earning a Gold Medal baccalaureate.
Most importantly, Duilio Dobrin is deeply committed to the training of young performing artists and future music educators and is a fervent advocate of music as an agent for social change and an essential component of public and independent school education.
Duilio also fashioned award-winning educational programs, including Imagine That! during which he portrayed the role of Albert Einstein, and Bach is Back. He was the conductor for the 5th annual International Youth Orchestra Festival where he performed with two thousand young musicians, as well as many other all-state and city orchestral and choral festivals. Dobrin also served at the famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, as Chairman of Music Theory and Composition Studies and as Director of the orchestras at the Interlochen Academy.
Since 2013, he is serving on the faculty at the University of North Texas-Dallas, as Professor of Teacher Education and Administration.
Dobrin spends his summers at the beautiful mountain resort of Sauris, Italy, where he performs, composes, and teaches for the town's International Music Academy.
In international competition, maestro Dobrin was a top prizewinner of the Masterplayers Conducting Competition in Lugano, Switzerland. He was also a winner in the Exxon/Affiliate Artists Arts Endowment Conductor’s Program and finalist of the Tokyo International Competition. As a pianist, he won the National Endowment for the Arts competition in his native Argentina. In 2000, Dobrin was given a special commendation from Pope John Paul II for his contributions to liturgical music and was dedicated a chapter in Enrique Cordoba’s book Cien Voces de America, as one of Latin America’s top one hundred personalities living in the US.
Equally at home as a composer and arranger, Duilio Dobrin’s catalogue includes a new concerto for bandoneon and orchestra, recently recorded by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with bandoneonist Peter Soave, a special arrangement of the theme song for CBS This Morning, which was televised nationally, as well as vocal works and orchestral arrangements of Queen, Glenn Frey and others. Dobrin presently has a contract with Warner Chappell in London for his Nashville Symphony commission Jerusalem Fantasy. Other commissions have included an arrangement of Porgy and Bess for the English Chamber Orchestra, an orchestral Homage to the late Astor Piazzolla, over 70 orchestral arrangements of Latin American music and a number of choral works in Hebrew and in English. His music is published by Warner Chappel in London, England and Edizioni Aldo Pagani (former agent of the legendary Astor Piazzolla) in Milan, Italy.
Duilio continues to serve as Music Director and Organist for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he shares his passion and charisma through his widely praised organ improvisations, choral arrangements, and original compositions. In addition, he serves at Iglesia Episcopal de la Santa Natividad as Music Director/Organist/Choirmaster.
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