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 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 Yevgeny 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.
Yevgeny is an endorsing performing artist for Légère Reeds and BG France.
- Post-Masters Certificate in Clarinet Performance, DePaul University
- Master of Music in Clarinet and Historical Clarinet Performance, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- Bachelor of Music in Clarinet and Saxophone Performance and Orchestra Conducting, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Clarinet Repertoire Expansion
- Transcriptions of music by Ernest Bloch
- Jewish Heritage Composers
- Chamber Music for Clarinet
- Clarinet works by Roger J. Henry
- Principal Clarinetist, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
- Principal Clarinetist, Washington Concert Opera Society
- Artistic Director, Ensemble Next Parallel
- Member International Clarinet Association
- 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
- Baird Concerto Competition winner on both clarinet and saxophone
"From Jewish Life: Music of Ernest Bloch", Heritage Records (November 2021)
"Around the World: Trios for Clarinet, Violin & Piano", Heritage Records (January 2021)
"River of Freedom", Plain Vision Publishing (May 2015)
“The Avenging Spirit” College Music Symposium, Vol. 61, No. 2 (November 15, 2021).
- Departmental Diversity Grant (Fall 2020)
- Niles Research Grant (Spring 2020)
- Mentoring Grant (Spring 2020)
- EAFIT University (Colombia) (May 2021)
- University of Northern Colorado (April 2021)
- University of Tennessee Knoxville (February 2021)
- Austin Peay State University (November 2020)
- Soochow University (China) (November 2020)
- The University of Southern Mississippi (September 2020)
- Texas Tech University (February 2020)
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (March 2020)
- Lynn University Conservatory of Music (April 2019)
- Texas State University (March 2018)