Composer Daniel Doura brings to his work a deep understanding of both, Western classical music and the musical traditions of his native Argentina.
His “Sinfonía Argentina,” a four-movement piece for orchestra and chorus written for Argentina’s Bicentennial celebration, was recorded by the Czech Radio Orchestra under the direction of Uruguayan conductor Roberto Montenegro.
Born in 1957 in Buenos Aires, Doura started playing piano and guitar at the age of 5. Soon after he started formal music studies at Collegium Musicum and began taking piano lessons with maestro Antonio De Raco. In 1977, Doura moved briefly to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music and study with pianist Alberto Portugheis. Later that year, he was accepted at the Boston Conservatory, Boston,
from which he graduated with a degree in composition in 1982.
He pursued a Master of Arts and Science at Columbia University, New York City, under the auspices of composer Mario Davidovsky. After receiving his master’s degree in 1984, he entered the Doctoral Program in composition under the guidance of Chinese American composer Chow Wen-chung.
Doura’s musical education includes studies with Hugo Norden, John Cage, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jack Beeson, Alberto Ginastera, Toru Takemitsu, Luciano Berio, Theodor Antoniu, Milton Babbit, John C. Adams, and Fred Lerdahl. He also attended electro acoustic seminars at M.I.T. in the program directed by Barry Vercoe and, later, took lessons with Arthur Kreiger in New York City.
He studied conducting under maestros Ruben Gregorian (at Tanglewood, where Doura was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, 1979-1982) and John Oliver.
He currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his wife, Leonor, and their four children.
Incidental music for the play “Saverio” (Galaxy Theater) Boston Critics Award, 1977. ASCAP young composers award 1984, First Prize.
NYU Film Festival, best original score 1985, New York.
“Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” Finalist at the American Academy
of Arts & Science Award 1986.
“ Visiones Patagónicas “ 2007, Best score, Argentine Music Critic Association.
His works have been performed by pianist Horacio Lavandera, guitarist Eduardo Catemario,
the Czech Radio Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic and the Teatro Argentino de La Plata Symphony Orchestra.
Doura wrote music for film and television for Academy Award winner Juan Jose Campanella, and Emmy winning director and producer Gabriel Garcia.
Music is published by BARRY EDITORIAL, Argentina. Musica Mundana, Berlin.
Blimp Music, Miami Florida.