Rik Bastiaens studied organ with Dorthy de Rooij and Theory of Music at the Maastricht Academy of Music. He continued his musical development by studying composition and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. He has been the organist of the Binvignat organ in the Mathias Church in Maastricht since he obtained his degree in Organ Teaching in 1997. His organ playing is directed mostly at improvisation which is also the topic of his Master studies in Artistic Research at the Maastricht Academy. His research focusses on time management in choral improvisation using the fundaments of partimento playing. Rik Bastiaens is currently working as a teacher of music theory and coordinator of research at the Maastricht Academy of Music.