Yevgeny Dokshansky, clarinetist, saxophonist, and conductor
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 afterschool
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
Yevgeny is an endorsing performing artist for Légère Reeds and BG France.
Hsiang Tu, pianist
Praised by The New York Times for his "eloquent sensitivity," The Boston Intelligencer for his
"impeccable technique," and Fanfare for his “Chameleon-like ability to move between composers,”
pianist Hsiang Tu has graced the audience with his thematic programs and a broad
range of repertoire. Dr. Tu is currently working on the complete cycle of piano solo works by
Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music. Born in Taipei, Taiwan,
he debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of The Juilliard
School Concerto Competition and has performed in venues all over the world, including the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, National Museum
Cardiff, and National Recital Hall in Taipei.
A prizewinner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International
Piano Competition, and the American Paderewski Piano Competition, Dr. Tu has appeared
with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony
Orchestra, and the World Civic Orchestra, among others. He has given masterclasses
throughout the U.S., including the University of Southern California, Penn State University,
and Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division.
His debut solo CD, Bestiary on Ivory, was released by Bridge Records in 2020. The American
Record Guide enthusiastically wrote that “Hsiang Tu plays with verve and poetic intensity,
giving each creature its artistic due.”
Tu recently completed a residency as a Visiting Professor at the University of Taipei and
released an educational outreach video, "The Ivory Menagerie," on YouTube in collaboration
with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation that features interviews, in both English
and Chinese, and performances of music inspired by the animal kingdom.
Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech in 2019, Dr. Tu
taught at the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College. He
studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and holds a B.M. in
Piano Performance from the University of Calgary and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance
from The Juilliard School.
Source: Yevgeny Dokshansky