Early life and education
Dor grew up in Holon. His parents were both amateur pianists, and favored his approach to music very early in life. After taking piano lessons with his brother Yuval (who played in Hakol Over Habibi), he started studying guitar at eleven years old, first as a self-taught musician, and later with the Israeli classical guitar master Menashe Bakish, with whom he studied for eight years.
When he finished his army service in 1974, he went to Boston with his wife Neta, and attended Berklee College of Music. In 1975, Dor moved to New York City where he studied at Queens College and worked until 1981.
In 1981, Dor moved back to Israel, and soon became a working session musician as well as an active jazz guitarist in the national scene. He also played with Israeli rock star Shalom Hanoch
. In 1985 co-founded the Rimon school of music, was elected dean of curriculum and taught there while continuing his activity as session musician, jazz artist, and composer for video and theater. During the summer of 1986 and 1987 he toured with guitarist Al Di Meola in Europe.
In October 1989 Gil met Noa who came to study at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. From that moment, Dor's concert and recording activities have been deeply linked to hers.