Faculty Profile


Dainius Vaičekonis

Associate Professor of Piano; Director of Keyboard Studies

Email: dainiusv@spu.edu
Office: Crawford 105

Education: BM, Lithuanian Academy of Music, 1992; MM, Bowling Green State University, 1997; DMA, University of Washington, 2004. At SPU since 2014.

Dr. Dainius Vaičekonis has an active performance career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the U.S. and Europe. He was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony, the University of Washington Symphony, Butte Montana Symphony, Bremerton Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, Skagit Symphony and Seattle Pacific University Symphony. The winner of the Francis Walton Award Tour Competition and the University of Washington Concerto Competition, he was also a prize winner in the International Franz Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany.  

Dr. Vaičekonis earned degrees from the National Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Academy of Music, the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the University of Washington. His mentors include celebrated European and American artists and teachers Robin McCabe, Jerome Rose, Jurgis Karnavičius, Mūza Rubackytė and Gediminas Kviklys. He performed in the master classes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Christian Zacharias. He was an artist in residence at the University of Washington School of Music.

Dr. Vaičekonis received a Gerberding Fellowship at the University of Washington. His dissertation, "The Forest for the Trees:  Beethoven piano sonatas as integrated cycles,” was published in Germany in 2009. He has performed at Benaroya's Nordstrom Recital Hall, Meany Hall, on “Live by George” at KING FM, “The Beat” at KUOW public radio, Bumbershoot, UW Summer Arts Festival, Franciscan Nights Festival in Ohio, and is a frequent performer in SPU's faculty concert series.

Dr. Vaičekonis has performed with the Vilnius String Quartet and with distinguished artists such as violinists Alexander Velinzon, Ilkka Talvi,  and Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, flutists Edmund Paul Davies and Magali Mosnier-Karoui, clarinetist Sean Osborn, and the Chamber Dance Company. He also performs extensively with his wife, Asta, as a piano duo. Their recent project, “Music for Two Pianos by Living Composers of Israel, U.S., and Lithuania,” was presented in the schools of Israel - Jerusalem Academy of Music, Beer Sheva Conservatory, and Levinsky Pedagogical College in Tel Aviv.

He served as a judge in ENKOR, MTNA, Francis Walton, and other competitions in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a coach for the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshops in the Seattle Pacific University. He taught master classes in the Music Academy at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel. His students are successfully participating in festivals and competitions nationwide.

In 2014, Dr. Vaičekonis presented a lecture on and recital of legendary American pianist, composer, and pedagogue Leopold Godowsky in his birthplace in Lithuania. His next project is a lecture-recital and CD recording of the last three Beethoven piano sonatas.

Please see Dr. Vaicekonis’ CV (PDF) for more information.

Dainius Vaičekonis

Why I Teach at SPU

Dainius Vaičekonis, Assistant Professor of Piano; Director of Keyboard Studies

“I teach at SPU because it is my great joy, privilege, and responsibility to teach young, spiritual students fundamentals and true values in music through the art of piano. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience, revealing talents in each individual, developing my students’ skills and confidence, and inspiring creativity and academic success.”