Doss was born 1966, in Linz, Austria, into a musical family (both parents were active orchestra-musicians). His undergraduate degree took place at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz in music education, with an emphasis in trombone, composition, conducting, and piano. Subsequent studies took place in Salzburg, Vienna, Los Angeles, and Maastricht (Limburg).
Doss’ debuted with the Wiener Kammerorchester in 1988. He held residencies with various opera houses and festivals, working as both conductor and composer with, among others: the Brucknerorchester Linz, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Wiener Kammersinfoniker, Westfälisches Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerchor, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, and the Österreichisches Ensemble für neue Musik.
Doss is known for collaborating with artists from many different genres, such as Harri Stojka, Chris de Burgh, Thomas Gansch, John Williams, Steven Mead, Christian Maurer, as well as many others. His passion for wind and brass ensembles have taken his expertise and talent around the world. He has maintained a close relationship with the Mitropa/Dehaske publishing house since 2001 and has published numerous scores and CD’s with them.
Teaching and coaching have also become an increasingly important part of Doss’ work:
Many of his students are award-recipients at international competitions. He also leads workshops and masterclasses at institutes across Europe, such as the Konservatorium Groningen (Netherlands), Lemmensinstitut (Belgium), Konservatorium Gent (Belgium), Universität Mainz (Germany), Musikuniversität Wien, and Anton Bruckneruniversität Linz (Austria). Doss’ has been the coordinator for the „Ensembleleitung des oberösterreichischen Landesmusikschulwerk“ since 2006. He is professor of conducting at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, the Conservatorium Montiverdi in Bozano (I) and consults institutes looking to improve and further their conducting programs.
- 1966 born in Linz. Both parents are orchestra-musicians.
- 1972 first music lessons with parents on trombone and tenor horn.
- 1976 Acceptance at the Musikhauptschule, first exposure to choirs and composition.
- 1980 Undergraduate studies at the Linzer Brucknerkonservatorium (Komposition Gunter Waldek, Dirigieren Norbert Heinel, Posaune Friedrich Loymair). Accepted to the Linzer Musikgymnasium.
- 1981 Member of the Linzer Jeunesseorchesters under the direction of Franz Welser Möst (Balduin Sulzer/Franz Welser-Möst prägende Personen) • 1982 Makes decision to turn music into a career. First success with „Spiriti“
- 1983 Severl first place awards at „Jugend musiziert“
- 1984 First work for orchestra and inception of the Symphony No. 1. Receives talent encouragement award.
- 1985 Completes Symphony No. 1 and debut appearance as conductor. Completes degree in trombone. Receives the Dr. Ernst Koref Endowment for composition.
- 1986 Conducting and composition studies at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz. First commissions. Conducting residencies and appearances of him and his works with the „1.Rundfunksendungen im ORF.“
- 1987 Winner of the „Dirigentenwettbewerbs Forum junger Künstler.“ Larger commissions.
- 1988 Concerts with the Wiener Kammerorchester, Südböhmischen Kammerphilharmonie, among others. Completes degree in composition and conducting. Futher private studies with Heinrich Gattermayr (Vienna) and Michael Gielen (Salzburg).
- 1989 Residency in Los Angeles (MGM Studios, John Williams, Dick Grove College). Award at the Heinrich Gleissner Composition competition.
- 1990 Conductor (youngest principal conductor in Germany) of the national Quedlinburg Orchestra. Apprenticeships with orchestras and theaters throughout Germany, Austria, and Czechia.
- 1992 Director of the „OÖ Jugendsinfonieorchesters.“ Teaching positions and increasing prominance as composer. Studies at the Konservatorium Maastricht (Jo Conjaerts). Various awards as well as the „Musikförderungspreis“ award by his hometown, Linz.
Doss became a proud father (of, by now, six children) in 1992 and is still active as pedagogue, composer, and conductor.
A majority of his work (print and audio) is available through Mitrop/Dehaske.