Dobri Paliev started his music education at the National Music School and subsequently at the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria (Maria Palieva class).
As a soloist and chamber musician he has won a numerous prizes in international competitions such as: Svetoslav Obretenov, The Music and the Earth, Pendim, Professor Dr. Zigfried Fink, Professor Dr. Dobri Paliev, Young musical talents. He has won the best Bach interpretation prize at the World Bach Marimba meeting - Grozhnian - Croatia.
As a soloist he has performed numerous concerts with the best orchestras in Bulgaria. He was invited to perform with Emil Tabakovs premiere for Four Tupans and to do a recording of the piece with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. He played the Bella Bartok Concert for two pianos, percussion and orchestra with the world famous Duo Genova-Dimitrov and the Bulgarian National Radio orchestra in a concert and did a recording for the CPO label. The Bella Bartok CD was critically acclaimed as one of the best classical CD s of 2017 and received glowing reviews both in Europe and USA.
As a member of Polyrhythmia ensemble, one of the first percussion groups in the world; he has performed numerous concerts in Bulgaria and Europe.
Dobri Paliev was awarded with the Priz 2000 for his high musical achievements, and in 2015 was a Jury member in the Young Musical Talents competition.
As a member of chamber ensembles, chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras such as Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Opera and Bale orchestra, Justus Franz, European youth orchestra etc. he performed in countries such as: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Germany and England.
Since 2006 Dobri Paliev worked as co-principal timpani and percussion at the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony orchestra. From 2009 he worked in the National Music School Sofia as a solo and chamber music teacher, where his students won several prizes and were accepted into elite Universities.
Paliev now works at Qatar Music Academy as a Western Percussion teacher.