Jaroslav Tůma was born and educated in Prague. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Musical Arts, where he now teaches organ performance and improvisation. While still a student, Mr. Tuma won prizes at several international competitions, including Linz, Prague, and Leipzig. In addition to being a concert organist, Mr.Tuma also performs on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano. He is known throughout the world for his improvisations, which earned him first prizes at both the Haarlem and Nuremberg competitions. He has been guest performer at the Prague Spring Festival, Musikfestspiele in Dresden, and the Flanders Festival and he continues to concertize in prestigious concert venues in Europe, the United States, and Japan. A champion of new music, Mr. Tuma performs works by his contemporaries and is a composer of note, as well. Through 1990-1993, he performed in Prague the complete works of J. S. Bach. He records for radio, television, and numerous recording companies. His discography includes twenty solo recordings, most recently a recording for the Supraphon label of Part I and II of J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier performed on clavichord.