Organist, improviser, pedagogue, composer, and blogger Dr. Vidas Pinkevičius is a creator of Secrets of Organ Playing - a blog with tips and training for organists and a weekly podcast which features in depth conversations with experts from the organ world who share their insights.
Dr. Vidas Pinkevičius is an active promoter of organ improvisation and the organ art and popularizes this instrument through various lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and recitals. He graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius with Bachelor‘s and Master's degree in Organ Performance. He also holds Master's degree from the Eastern Michigan University (USA) under Dr. P.Ruiter-Feenstra. V.Pinkevičius graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance where he studied under Dr. Q.Faulkner and Dr. G.Ritchie. At UNL, V.Pinkevicius has defended his DMA dissertation on Improvisation of Keyboard Preludes in the Style of J.S.Bach.
V. Pinkevicius won several prestigious scholarships and prizes, including Graduate Performance Competition at Eastern Michigan University in 2002. V.Pinkevicius performed recitals in many venues in Europe and the USA. He participated in a number of major masterclasses and organ academies in Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, USA, and other countries. As a soloist, he performed with leading Lithuanian orchestras. V.Pinkevicius frequently performs in organ duet together with his wife, Dr. A. Motūzaitė-Pinkevičienė.
Currently, he teaches at the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts, is the organist of Vilnius University and leads the university organ studio "Unda Maris". V. Pinkevicius is also a recording artist who has published 10 DVD's with his storytelling improvisations.
Here is a YouTube recording of the composer playing this piece: https://youtu.be/gQXuO-LJ72A