Gabriel Dobner has recorded for Ottavo, MDG and Hänssler Klassik Profil. His first recording for MDG, consisting of songs of Liszt, Dvorák and Mahler with mezzo-soprano Cornelia Kallisch, won high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to Mr. Dobner as a “master among collaborative pianists”. Mr. Dobner’s first recording with Metropolitan Opera star, Gerhard Siegel was released in the fall of 2015 for Haenssler Klassik Profil, a program featuring songs of Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Hessenberg. Gabriel Dobner has also recorded extensively for radio broadcasts, including those for Saint Paul Sunday, the Bavarian Radio, Southwest German Radio, Middle German Radio, and the Chubo-Nippon Broadcasting Company in Japan.
Gabriel Dobner first appeared in concert in Europe in 1991 as part of the Villa Musica Chamber Music Festival in Mainz, Germany. 1993 marked the beginning of his nine years in Germany, after having been awarded a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study Lied accompanying in Munich with Helmut Deutsch. The following year he won the special collaborative pianist’s prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition held in Munich.
While living in Augsburg, Mr. Dobner quickly established himself as a successful collaborative pianist performing regularly with such notable singers as Cornelia Kallisch, Gerhard Siegel, René Kollo, Christiane Oelze, Alexandra Petersamer and Kevin McMillan. He has also performed with instrumentalists such as Lawrence Dutton (Emerson Quartet), Allan Vogel (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), Ulf Rodenhäuser (formerly of the Berlin Philharmonic), Eugenia Zukerman, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Nancy Ambrose King and Paul Ellison. In addition, Mr. Dobner has also performed regularly (including an appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.) with pianist Lori Piitz as part of a piano duo team. These musical collaborations have led to performances in many of the major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Dobner received his Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he studied with Ludmila Lazar. He then went on to Indiana University in Bloomington to earn his Master’s Degree with James Tocco, as well as his Doctoral Degree with Leonard Hokanson.
Gabriel Dobner joined the faculty at James Madison University in the fall of 2001. Previous teaching engagements include Indiana University and the Nürnberg/Augsburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany. Mr. Dobner is also on faculty at AIMS in Graz during the summers, where he teaches German Lieder repertoire.