Education: BM, Lithuanian Academy of Music, 1992; MM, Bowling Green State University, 1997; DMA, University of Washington, 2004. At SPU since 2014.
Renowned in the U.S. and Europe as a piano soloist and collaborative artist, Dr. Dainius Vaičekonis was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, Butte Symphony, Bremerton Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, and Skagit Symphony. Winner of both the Francis Walton Award Tour Competition and the University of Washington Concerto Competition, he also won Germany’s International Franz Schubert Piano Competition.
Dr. Vaičekonis was an artist-in-residence at the University of Washington, mentoring young professionals in his piano studio, leading master classes, and performing recitals in the Seattle area and other U.S. and European cities. His dissertation, published in Germany in 2009, focused on Beethoven piano sonatas, viewing them as integrated cycles. He has presented several lecture-recitals on this topic at Washington universities and colleges.
Dr. Vaičekonis established and directs the Seattle Lithuanian community choir, which performs in song festivals in Canada, Lithuania, and throughout the Seattle area. He enjoys his organist job and the community at Ronald United Methodist church and is passionate about music, education, and community-building.
Dr. Vaičekonis often performs with his wife, Asta, who is an accomplished pianist. They have two daughters who are also musicians.
He loves traveling the world with his family, and he likes to hike, bike, golf, play basketball, study history, and indulge in his everlasting passion for ping pong.