Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Violin, Associate Professor
1219 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Gregory Maytan has been praised by The Strad for his ‘infectious vitality,’ ‘lyrical freshness,’ and ‘sparkling energy’. Other reviewers of his records and concerts have noted his ‘brilliant playing’ (Jacobsson, HiFI magazine) and his ‘heart-racing excitement and verve’ (Scott, Strings Magazine); he has been praised as ‘a technically extraordinarily well-versed violinist’ (Loskant, Nordseezeitung), and also for ‘his lovely, deep and profound sound’ (Hultman, Vasterbottens Kuririen). His recent ‘confident’ performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto was described as ‘vigorous and intelligent’ and ‘beautifully expressed and nuanced’ (Sparks, Commercial Appeal)
Maytan performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and has performed extensively in Europe and the US. He has performed chamber music with the likes of Dylana Jenson, Bernt Lysell, and Mathias Tacke (Vermeer Quartet). Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Beethoven, Prokofiev, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Maier, Beethoven, Barber and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Dakota and Sweden. He has also performed as a soloist in the Paganini and Tchaikovsky concertos in tours throughout China, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia under conductors such as Dennis Russell-Davies, Raymond Harvey, and Evind Gullberg-Jensen. An avid chamber musician, he has participated in the prestigious chamber music festival ‘Musikveckan’ in Junsele, Sweden; the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN; the Grumo Festival in Italy, the Korsholm Festival in Finland, the CICA Festival in Eureka Springs, AR, Dallas, TX and Taipei, Taiwan; and the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival in Saugatuck, MI. He has performed at venues such as Ravinia, Tanglewood, and the Chicago Cultural Center and has performed solo recitals twice on Chicago Public Radio as part of the Dame Myra Hess series.
Maytan’s first CD, consisting of music from his native Scandinavia, was selected by The Strad as the top recital CD of April 2009 and highly praised by Strings Magazine and the American Record Guide. He other recordings include the sonatas of Faure, Franck, and the Chausson Poeme, as well as other Scandinavian music. Most recently, he has recorded a CD featuring the violin concerto by Amanda Maier (1853-94) together with the Helsingborg Symphony, as well as several other previously unrecorded chamber works. Maytan is likely the first violinist ever to record the complete works for violin by Amanda Maier.
He has participated in the International Chamber Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, where he was a featured prize winner, and he has been awarded significant cash awards in the Swedish Royal Academy’s competition for post-graduate violinists during the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. He has performed and toured with numerous orchestras, and his concerts have been broadcast on radio and television in the U.S. and Europe. A sought-after teacher, he has presented masterclasses and recitals at numerous universities across the US and abroad, among them the University of North Texas (Denton), Butler University (Indianapolis), Michigan State University (Lansing), the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), the University of Auckland (New Zealand), the Sydney Conservatory (Australia) the University of Arizona (Tucson) the University of Nevada (Reno), the Yamaha Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. He has also himself participated in masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Leonidas Kavakos, and Michela Martin.
Maytan maintains a growing and thriving studio in Grand Rapids, MI, where he teaches a select number of high school students along with his University students. Students of Maytan have won and placed in numerous regional and local competitions, including the Lima, Ohio young artist competition; the Skip Gates competition; and the GVSU and Valparaiso concerto competitions. They have been awarded full scholarships to the Meadowmount School of Music and have been invited to perform on NPR’s series ‘From the Top’. One student was selected as one of 12 national finalists for the MTNA competition in Anaheim, CA where she represented Michigan as well as four surrounding states. Students have been selected to be concertmasters of the Michigan All-State Orchestra as well as the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Most recently a student won concerto appearances and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Lansing Symphony and Western Illinois Symphony. They have also been admitted into the New York String Seminar and have performed in masterclasses for the likes of Pinchas Zuckerman and Arnold Steinhart. Students have been admitted as violin majors to some of the top violin programs in the nation, such as Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California and University of Michigan, and have gone on to study with teachers such as Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman.
Maytan is a member of the contemporary musical ensemble Luna Nova. He also maintains a regular collaboration with his outstanding pianists, Chi-Chen Wu, Nicole Lee and Daniel Beskow. During the summer of 2014 Maytan presented a series of 16 concerts throughout Sweden through the agency Motile, performing in such venues as the main concert hall at Norrlandsoperan in Umea, Sweden. He has served as guest concertmaster of the Vasteras Sinfonietta, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the West Michigan Symphony and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and is permanent concertmaster of the Battle Creek Symphony. Maytan has also performed as concertmaster and section leader for legendary conductors Kurt Masur and Christoph Von Dohnanyi at Tanglewood.
Projects for the 2016-17 include performing the Maier concerto with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as well as the with the Kent Philharmonia, performing the first set in a series of all the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Chi-Chen Wu and performing the Bach Chaconne together with singers singing hidden chorales as researched by Helga Thoene.
He earned his doctorate in violin performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he studied with the renowned violinists Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. He is currently performing on a violin from 1683 made by Giovanni Grancino, on loan from the Jarnaker Foundation administered by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.