Emil Trognee was born in 1868. He originated from Belgium, where he studied at the Brussels conservatoire. Having won the all-Europe competition, he was engaged by the Mariinsky Theatre orchestra, where he served as the solist from 1902 to 1927. The period of 1911–1917 was marked by his educational activiry beginning. During the period of 1928–1941 Trognee worked as the teacher of the Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov music college. Trognee carried on his concert activity. Also as the soloist. He composed series of pieces for trumpet and cornet, among which there is the Fantasy and etudes, dedicated to his friend, professor M. I. Tabakov. It was in 1942, when Trognee passed away in blockade Leningrad, the sity on the Neva-river, cohere his brilliant career began.