Professor of Clarinet | Virginia Tech
Artistic Director | Ensemble Next Parallel
Principal Clarinetist | MSO
"Superb clarinetist" - All About the Arts
"Highly engaging" - BBC Music Magazine
"Expressive persona" - American Record Guide
"First-class" - International Clarinet Association
"Consistently expressive and generous" - Fanfare
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 Yevgeny held an Assistant Professor of Woodwinds, Woodwind Studio Leader, and Conducting Program Coordinator position at the University of Trinidad and Tobago Academy for the Performing Arts where in addition to his teaching responsibilities he also co-directed, performed and recorded extensively with Ibis Ensemble – Faculty Artists-in-Residence. While living in Trinidad, Yevgeny served as Guest Conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, and he also founded an outreach after-school instrumental music program for the students at Maria Regina Primary School and an annual summer band camp. Most recently Yevgeny presented recitals and masterclasses at the Lynn Conservatory of Music, Texas Tech University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Texas State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Soochow University, and the University of West Indies.
Yevgeny 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, Robert Spano, 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 CD with Ensemble Next Parallel “Around the World: Trios for Clarinet, Violin and Piano” has been released in February 2021 under the London’s record label, Heritage Records and has been praised by the critics - "A highly engaging and colorful journey through the clarinet trio repertoire" - BBC Music Magazine; "Ensemble Next Parallel plays everything with sparkle" - The Arts Music Lounge; "A gem that will undoubtedly satisfy devotees of chamber music" - All About the Arts.
Yevgeny's latest CD consisting of his new transcriptions titled "From Jewish Life: Music of Ernest Bloch" has been released in November 2021 under the London's record label, Heritage Records to a critical acclaim - "Dokshansky plays with an expressive persona" - American Record Guide; "Dokshansky - a superb clarinetist" - All About the Arts; "Dokshansky and Masters are consistently expressive, generous in their rubato and their gradations of dynamics, and keenly aware of Bloch's color palette" - Fanfare
"Yevgeny Dokshansky is a superb clarinetist and saxophonist and a naturally gifted conductor"
- Magnus Martensson, Music Director and Conductor of Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York
"Dokshansky - a superb clarinetist...quickly convincing the listener that this is the best way that this music should be played" - All About the Arts
"Committed, expressive, impassioned playing" - International Clarinet Association
"All performed with considerable feeling" - Mark J. Estern Infodad.com
"Dokshansky plays with smooth fingers, an expressive persona, and an earthy sound that fits each score" - American Record Guide
"Dokshansky and Masters are consistently expressive, generous in their rubato and their gradations of dynamics, and keenly aware of Bloch's color palette" - Fanfare
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"A highly engaging and colourful journey through the clarinet trio repertoire" - BBC Music Magazine
"Ensemble Next Parallel plays everything with sparkle"
- The Arts Music Lounge
"A gem that will undoubtedly satisfy devotees of chamber music" - All About the Arts
"First-class" - International Clarinet Association
Buy it on iTunes
Max Reger, Sonata in Ab major Prestissimo Assai
Weinberg, Sonata Op.28, Allegretto
Glazunov, Saxophone Concerto
Jacob Weinberg, The Maypole
Weinberg, Sonata Op.28, Allegro
Lerdahl, Time After Time
Schulhoff, Hot-Sonata I
I am a firm believer of following the traditions of highest quality musical education. Throughout my musical training, I have been very fortunate to study with many wonderful teachers including Edward Yadzinski, Stephen Rosenthal, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, Eric Hoeprich, Larry Combs, Magnus Martensson, and Cliff Colnot, it gives me great pleasure to be able to pass on the knowledge they so generously shared with me. One of the important aspects of teaching I learned from them is “The student comes first”. I always strive to ensure my students learn how to practice properly on their own through the use of a strict lesson and practicing structure. Most importantly, I concentrate on guiding students to develop their own unique voice and help them evolve into good members of society.
I spend a great deal of time working on the development of correct basics: embouchure, air support, posture, hand position, tongue position, articulation and technique. Having proper basics are essential as it is directly affecting the ability to convey musical ideas with ease. The lessons are structured in 3 sections:
Warm-ups – Long tone exercises, articulation studies, scales, arpeggios and scale patterns.
Etudes – It is essential to work on the different variety of etudes. Clarinetists and Saxophonists are very lucky to have a huge wealth of etude literature available to them. The use of etudes is a wonderful tool in the development of tone, phrasing and technique.
Solo and Ensemble literature – Gaining knowledge of repertoire will aid in developing students into unique performers.
Virtual Lessons are a great and innovative way to study, virtual lessons offer flexibility in scheduling as well as the comfort of taking lessons from your home or while you are traveling. All you need is good quality camera/microphone on your computer and fast internet connection.
Over the years, I had many students from Europe, Asia, South and North America studying with me via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and other voice over video platforms on a regular basis, many of my former as well as current students have successfully placed in All-State Bands, Youth Orchestras, and were offered scholarships at universities and conservatories. Please consider using the following recommended equipment: USB microphone (BlueYeti), headphones (Sennheiser HD 650), and connect to the internet via ethernet cable.
Lessons are available in 30, 45, and 60-minute sessions.
If you would like to schedule a trial Virtual Lesson, please use the form below or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Studying under Professor Dokshansky has changed my perspective on performance. His lessons are well planned and balanced to ensure his students are pushed to the limit fostering growth but not overworked. You are guaranteed to walk away from any session motivated to perfect your craft and become the best clarinet player you can be. As an undergraduate student interested in music education, he is the perfect instructor to prepare you for a career as a woodwind instructor, as he explains the reason for every correction and is vigilant with developing good technique. I would recommend him not only to students who are serious about mastering the clarinet but also to anyone who is interested in becoming an educator."
- Shurvone Brathwaite BFA, AD - The University of Trinidad and Tobago Academy for the Performing Arts
"Professor Dokshanksy was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His emphasis on primary elements of clarinet playing helped me become a well-rounded and flexible player. His level of professionalism and commitment to his students makes him a fantastic teacher for clarinetists of any age and skill level."
- Madison Carroll BM - DePaul University School of Music, MM - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
"When I first came to Professor Dokshansky, I had barely any idea of my potential as a saxophone player. However, he has transformed me into someone who has a love for the instrument and has given me the confidence needed to succeed. After studying with Professor Dokshansky for two years, not only have I noted his beautiful sound, tone, and masterful playing style on the saxophone and clarinet, but I have seen his eagerness to teach and motivate as well. He pushes me and encourages me every time I meet with him and I could not be where I am today without him. His passion for music and his musical ability is unmatched by any other teacher I have studied with."
- Liam Colwell BA - University of Toronto
"Studying with Professor Dokshansky was a turning point in my career. He helped develop my technique, my musicianship, and my artistic mindset. He is a teacher with a very defined plan for his students, he knows how to figure out the cause of their playing difficulties and gives a well-detailed explanation on how to fix them. Professor Dokshansky cares deeply about the improvement of his students not only as clarinetists but also as educators and artists in general. He gives information, materials, books, on how to play better and teach better. As a woodwind instructor myself, I recognize his influence in my teaching. He always aims for professionalism, and that is what has inspired me to become better in every field I can explore inside the music. One of the traits I admire the most about him is his consistency. Even today, after many years of not being his student, he is still interested in my career, he is always there for advice if I need it, or even a lesson. I would highly recommend Professor Dokshansky to any student looking to improve their musical skills, knowing that they will be working on a serious yet enjoyable path to success.”
- Dunia Andreu AD - The University of Trinidad and Tobago; MM and PC - Lynn University Conservatory of Music