Thomas Wikman, Organist/Keyboard Artist
Thomas Wikman is Organist and Artist-In-Residence at the Chicago Theological Seminary, where he presides over a fine replica of a German Baroque organ and has given more than 400 performances.
Historical features of the organ -- requiring a special playing technique -- include flexible winding, tempered tuning, a flat pedalboard and suspended action. In addition to Buxtehude and Bach, Wikman's recitals feature 17th-century German music, and French music from the 16th - 18th centuries.
During the period from 1984 to 1991, Wikman gave weekly concerts at CTS, a practice he resumed in 2001. He also presents guest artists in the annual CTS International Organ Festival.
- "When it ended [Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor] there were whoops of approval amidst the wild applause."
- "A tour de force of impetuous virtuosity."
- "Angelic playing."
- "Wikman had a field day playing the 5,000-pipe Skinner."
- "The organist was rewarded with extended applause and cheers from a grateful audience."