| Timofei Dokshizer was born on December 13th, 1921 in the town of Nezhin, Ukraine to the family of
musicians. He received his initial education at the Glazunov Music College in Moscow under the
tutelage of Ivan Vasilevsky. He continued his studies at the Central Music School in the class of professor
Mikhail Tabakov. In 1950, Dokshizer graduated from the Gnessin’s Music Institute under the
supervision of the same professor. Mr. Dokshizer received his Master Degree in conducting from the
Moscow State Conservatory in 1957, studying with Leo Ginzburg.
At age 19, Timofei Dokshizer won the Soviet-Union brass instruments’ players competition and in
1947, Mr. Dokshizer won the International Competition in Prague, which jumpstarted his performance
career. From that point on, his profound artistry and creativity set a standard of excellence for other
trumpeters to follow.
He frequently toured the USSR and abroad, winning aclaim from critics who praised his timber, beautiful
tone, unique phrasing, and filigree technique. In addition to his solo performances, Dokshizer
worked at the Bolshoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Moscow. Here, he was revered for his brilliant
renditions of some of the most difficult orchestral trumpet solos, particularly in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan
Lake,” Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” and “Romeo and Juliet,” Khachaturian’s “Spartacus,” and many
His Repertoire was incredibly vast and included nearly everything ever written for the trumpet, along
with works previously arranged for the instrument, from Bach, Haydn, Hummel, Albinoni and Vivaldi to
his contemporaries, Shostakovich, Wainberg, Schedrin, Gershwin and others. Many works performed
by Timofei Dokshizer were his own transcriptions, of which there were over 80 along the course of his
lifetime. Among these were popular miniatures, originally written for violin, piano or voice by Kreisler,
Sarasate, Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and he often included
his own cadenzas for concerti by Haydn, Hummel and Arutiunian. Mr. Dokshizer was responsible for
a tremendous expansion of trumpet repertoire, both through his own contribution to the art form and
through compositions written especially for him throughout his life.
Nearly a quarter century of Mr. Dokshizer’s career was dedicated to pedagogical work. He was a
professor at the Gnessin’s Music Institute and has brought up scores of talented trumpet players. He
has left behind invaluable teaching materials. Mr. Dokshizer conducted and adjudicated countless
teaching seminars, master classes, international competitions and festivals. He moved to Vilnius, Lithuania
in 1990 where he lived until his passing on March 16, 2005.