Alex Jokipii has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra since 1998.A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Jokipii's earliest training in
music began at the age of 12 when he took his first lessons on the B-flat trumpet
his mother had kept from her days in the high school band. Alex began his advanced
musical studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, majoring in
trumpet and music education.As part of his undergraduate curriculum Alex enrolled
at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied for a year with Timofei
Dokschitzer, the celebrated Principal Trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
After returning from his European study and travel, Mr. Jokipii completed his studies
at WMU with a bachelor's degree in music education. Jokipii was awarded a master of
music degree in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School of Music and began to
pursue his doctor of musical arts degree. Prior to being awarded his DMA, he won the
position of Principal Trumpet with the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra.During
that time he also performed with the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet and the Charleston
Brass Quintet and served on the performance faculty of Charleston Southern University
as adjunct professor of trumpet.
Mr. Jokipii has appeared as a soloist and the 1992 and 1994 International Trumpet
Guild Conferences. He also has appeared on numerous occasions as a soloist with the
Buffalo Philharmonic performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Arutunian's Concerto, Haydn's Concerto, the Concerto for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings by Shostakovich, and Copland's Quiet City. Away from the BPO, Alex has appeared as a soloist with the Ars Nova Chamber Musician,
the Amherst Symphony, and the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble. Mr. Jokipii recently recorded
the Jerzy Sapieyevski Mercury Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra with the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble.
Internationally, Mr. Jokipii has appeared in master classes and recitals in Krakow,
Bydgoszcz, and Walbrzych, Poland with fellow BPO brass principals Jacek Muzyk and
Jonathan Lombardo. Alex will also be the featured soloist with the West Bend (Wisconsin)
Orchestra on their upcoming tour of Scotland in the spring of 2009.
Additionally Jokipii has performed as a guest Principal Trumpet with the Dallas Symphony
and the Florida Orchestra. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the
Helsinki Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. After
a nation wide search in 1998, Jokipii was awarded the position of Principal Trumpet
with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In addition to playing with the BPO and teaching privately,
Jokipii is also on the performance faculty at the State University of New York at
Fredonia. In his spare time Alex enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife Shari.