Influenced by Mahler and Shostakovich. Student of Nikolai Myaskovsky. Mainly orchestral works with vocals, including 11 symphonies. Tonal music in a very own style, dominated by pessimistic moods. Friendship and collaboration with conductor Rudolf Barshai who premiered many Lokshin’s works.
Always in the intellectual opposition to the communistic regime, Alexander Lokshin was not part of the official Soviet music hierarchy. Only several years after the second world war he could teach composition at the Moscow Conservatory, then he was banned forever and could never find a job. He lived in his modest Moscow apartment with his wife, professor-linguist at the Moscow University, and his son, a mathematician and poet.