Dobbs Franks is equally at home conducting symphony orchestras, opera, ballet, chamber ensembles, choirs or playing the piano in chamber music including vocal recitals.
In addition to what is considered the standard repertoire he has a vital interest in new music and loves working with live composers. He enjoys working with young people having conducted many youth orchestras and also was a Lecturer at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University where he helped many young performers prepare for their lives as musicians. He has conducted over 50 first performances including the premiere of Richard Meale’s opera Mer de Glace at the Sydney Opera House. You can browse through his performed and recorded repertoire in various categories by following the links above.
Dobbs was born in the hills of Arkansas (USA) but now lives in Melbourne Australia. His love of music has covered the world including having performed in 49 of the 50 states of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Tasmania.
His favorite music is whatever he is conducting or playing at the time. His relaxation is competitive bridge anywhere in the world as well as online.