Dániel Dobri graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest as the student of Prof. Gyula Fekete and Prof. Zsófia Tallér. In 2020 he earned a master’s degree in composition, with an excellent grade and he is currently a doctoral student at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest (called SZFE) and a lecturer at the Theatre Department of the academy. In addition to composing, Dobri considers education and historical research to be a significant facet of his output.
He is working as musical supervisor at various Hungarian theatres since 10 years. For the 2020-2021 season he got a position as musical director of József Attila Theatre, Budapest. He permanently works together with the greatest Hungarian directors, actors and actresses such as Bertalan Bagó, Géza Bereményi, György Cserhalmi, Sándor Gáspár, Csaba Horváth and Dorottya Udvaros. He’s already composed the original score of more than 60 stage productions.
In 2020 with his composition called ’PentaTones for Orchestra’ Dobri was the awardee of the New Hungarian Music Forum (UMZF) composer competition organized by Müpa Budapest and the Budapest Music Center (the jury is led by Peter Eötvös). As a musical director he won the Theatre Critics Award in the category of Best musical/comedy in 2019.
Within the framework of the Romaeuropa Festival two of his chamber operas (Un’altra Roma, Theatrum mortis) were premiered in Rome for two consecutive years (in 2018 and 2019).
In 2018 he won the scholarship of Ateneo Musica Basilicata and as a result of it a string orchestra piece of him called ’Lamento’ was performed at many concert venues in Southern Italy (with the participation of well known figures of Italian music life, like Carlo Goldstein, Caterina Pontrandolfo and Ambrogio Sparagna).
Dobri received the National Higher Education Scholarship in 2018 related to his academic achievements and he was awarded a scholarship for the New National Excellence Program in 2017. His piece called ’States of Matter’ received the composition award of the Reconnections Program of Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.
In 2017 and 2018 he had a traineeship at Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma as a Composer-in-Residence and he presented his music and research at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia. During this period a lot of compositions of him were performed in the main concert venues of Rome (Palazzo Braschi, Palazzo Falconieri etc.) and also in the surrounding cities (Palestrina – at birthplace of G. P. da Palestrina, Tivoli – at Italian residence of Franz Liszt etc.)
Dobri is a regular attendee of festivals and masterclasses, enabling him to work with some of the most prominent classical musicians of the world. He participated at the masterclasses of Péter Eötvös, Ilya Levinson, Yati Durant, Atli Ingólfsson, Hugi Gudmundsson, Páll R. Pálsson, Mark Simpson, Gianluca Podio and Tomasz Skweres. He also attended the Dark Music Days Festival of Iceland in 2017 and VENI Academy in Bratislava and Kosice (in 2016).