ABOUT THE ORGAN
The great organ at Vilnius University St. John‘s church originally was build at Polock Jesuit‘s church. At the beginning it was much smaller. It‘s builder could have been the famous 18th century organbuilder from Königsberg Adam Gottlob Casparini or Nicolaus Janson who was a leading organbuilder from Vilnius organ school. At the 19th century the organ was enlarged by Theodor Tiedemann and Juozapas Radavičius. Currently, after 17 years of reconstruction, this organ has 3 manual with pedals, 64 stops and is the largest pipe organ in Lithuania.
This instrument was reconstructed after the specification by Casparini/Radavičius and is most suited for the performance of German composers from 18th-first half of the 19th century. Nevertheless, French and music from other countries sound well on this instrument as well.
The musical life at Vilnius university St. John's church is very active. Well known Lithuanian performers and ensembles regularly perform in Saturday organ, choir, and chamber concert series. The renown organists, such as Hans Davidsson (Sweden/USA), William Porter (USA), David Higgs (USA), Ludger Lohmann (Germany), Hans Martin Corrinth (Germany), Guy Bovet (Switzerland) and others have played concerts at this church.
In 2008-2009 together with many countries around the world we celebrated the International Year of the Organ and 600 anniversary of organs in Lithuania. We have organized many educational organ demonstrations for student and adult groups.
In 2010, the largest pipe organ celebrated 10 years from its reconstruction (2000-2010). This monumental instrument was inaugurated during the international congress of International Society of Organ builders which was held in the Baltic states. The 10th anniversary of this organ we have celebrated with the concert cycle of music of J.S.Bach and the project of 2010 organ anniversary composers.