Belorussian-born American clarinetist, saxophonist, and conductor Yevgeny Dokshansky has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout Europe, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. He is a 1st prize-winner at the Minsk Jazz Competition, 3rd prize-winner at the 2nd International Music of Hope Competition, special prize-winner at the 5th Aginski International Competition of Chamber Music, and two-time Baird Concerto Competition winner on both clarinet and saxophone. Deeply committed to chamber music, he founded the Chicago Q Ensemble, Martin & Dokshansky Duo, Alito Quintet, and has performed as tenor saxophonist from 2004 to 2006 with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet.
He presently holds positions as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Artistic Director of Ensemble Next Parallel in Washington, D.C., and Principal Clarinet of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as an Associate Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir, and Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland. From 2013 to 2018 Dokshansky held an Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Woodwind Studio Leader position at the University of Trinidad and Tobago Academy for the Performing Arts where in addition to his teaching responsibilities he also co-directed and performed extensively with Ibis Ensemble – Faculty Artists-in-Residence. While living in Trinidad, he founded an outreach after-school instrumental music program for the students at Maria Regina Primary School and an annual summer band camp. Most recently he presented recitals and masterclasses at the Lynn Conservatory of Music, Texas Tech University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Texas State University, and the University of West Indies.
Dokshansky has appeared on such stages as Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Symphony Center Orchestra Hall in Chicago and had the privilege of performing under the batons of Roberto Abbado, David Robertson, Michael Stern, Vladimir Lande, and Leonard Slatkin among others. He holds degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and DePaul University School of Music. His principal teachers include Edward Yadzinski, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, Eric Hoeprich, Larry Combs, Magnus Martensson, and Cliff Colnot.
His latest CD “Around the World: Trios for Clarinet, Violin and Piano” with Ensemble Next Parallel was released in February 2021 under the London’s record label, Heritage Records.
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