Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #100!
This is a small celebration for us. I've never imagined we will reach 100 podcast conversations when I've started doing them almost 2 years ago.
I want to sincerely thank all my listeners, subscribers, students, and guests who made it all possible. Your support means a lot.
I hope to continue doing this in the future too because I hear from your feedback that these conversations are helpful and inspiring to you as you grow to become a better organist.
So today's guest is a Dutch organist Hugo Bakker. Born in 1985, Hugo studied history, organ, church music and harpsichord at Leiden University, the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Lemmens institute in Leuven.
His teachers for organ were Bernard Winsemius, Reitze Smits and Luc Ponet. Harpsichord and basso continuo he studied with Kris Verhelst.
He won prizes in a.o. Pistoia (Italy). Besides, he was awarded the Sweelinck-Müllerprijs 2014.
Hugo is organist of St. Maartenskerk Zaltbommel where he plays the monumental Wolfferts-/ Heyneman organ from 1783.
Besides, he performs as a soloist or as accompanist, he teaches and writes (musicological) articles.
In this conversation, Hugo and I talk about his organist career and about the importance of focusing on the music, trying as many different organs as possible and always continue learning.
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Listen to the conversation
Welcome to Polina who is starting her free trial of Total Organist membership! She is interested in learning Bach's Trio Sonata in Eb Major, BWV 525 with fingering and pedaling for efficient practice and ideal articulation. That's a great start. Not easy but absolutely beautiful.
Our Total Organist student, Miriam is starting studying the Seventh Chord Training and Modulation Workshop. We know she will learn a lot about four-note chords and going from one key to another!
Please let us know if you have any questions.
When you practice, miracles happen.
Vidas and Ausra
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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