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), 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 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.
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 the 1766 'ex-Loeb' Nicolo Gagliano.
MEGAN CRAWFORD was Visiting Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University during the 2015-16 academic year. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has performed throughout the United States, appearing with orchestras in Ann Arbor, Aspen, Basalt, Dearborn, Detroit, Ft. Collins, and New York. Ms. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Award; an Upton Foundation Grant for the Meadowmount School of Music; the Francis B. Furlong Scholarship for the University of Michigan; and a Governor’s Award nominee in the Emerging Artist category.
Ms. Crawford won the concerto competitions at both the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music; has been a prizewinner in the Florida ASTA Competition, the Ft. Collins Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition; and has participated in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York City.
Professor Crawford received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Paul Kantor, and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with Michael Gilbert and Patinka Kopec.
PAUL SWANTEK, viola, retired from the Air Force in 2006 after 20 years of service and recently accepted a position with The Grand Rapids Symphony as violist and as Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University.
As Principal Violist with the USAF Strings and Orchestra he has performed for every U.S. President since George H. W. Bush, and for such dignitaries as Margret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth, Boris Yeltsin, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schröder and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as the heads of state for almost every sovereign nation in the world.
Currently Swantek divides his time between Grand Rapids where he performs with the symphony and teaches at Grand Valley State University and Washington, D.C., where he continues his performance as a free-lance musician and principal violist with the National Gallery Orchestra.
PABLO MAHAVE-VEGLIA, is a cellist and teacher with broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early Baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers.
Dr. Mahave-Veglia holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has attended such music festivals as Banff (Canada), NOI (Maryland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Jerusalem International Festival (Israel) and the Schleswig-Holstein and Heidelberg Music Festivals (Germany).
Mahave-Veglia has appeared as soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe and South America. His “modern” instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector.
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MICHAEL HOVNANIAN has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2007 and is also the Associate Principal Bass of the West Michigan Symphony and Principal Bass of the Baroque on Beaver Island Festival. Michael has performed with numerous orchestras throughout Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony, and has held positions with the Kalamazoo, Midland, and Lansing symphonies. Dr. Hovnanian is also an active chamber and solo musician, and is a member of noted chamber group Ensemble Montage.
Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, Michael received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees under the instruction of Jack Budrow at Michigan State University and received Bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education from Central Michigan University. He has also studied with Stephen Molina and Larry Hutchinson of the Detroit Symphony, Robert Goodlett of the Indianapolis Symphony, and Lawrence Angell, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra. Michael Hovnanian is an active double bass teacher, instructing a large private studio as well as being on faculty at Calvin College in addition to teaching at Grand Valley State University.
String Leadership Day Coordinator and Conductor
HENRY DUITMAN joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in the Fall of 2008. For more than 20 years Duitman was the Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra as well as Professor of Music on the faculty of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, during which time he built an orchestra program with national exposure.
Henry Duitman received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Duitman's focus at GVSU has been exposing the orchestra program to the wider West Michigan community and to high schools throughout Michigan. He has instituted a yearly Side-by-Side Concert with top high school orchestras. In addition, his passion to develop an honors orchestra which would focus on the development of leadership skills in high school musicians has led to the highly successful GVSU String Leadership Day, which brings more than 100 of the finest high school string players to campus each year.
Duitman has a strong interest in conducting opera and helped form the West Michigan Opera Project, which has the goal of bringing a great opera experience to those hearing their first live opera. He conducted their first production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and it was met with strong positive response. He recently performed as Assistant Conductor for Opera Grand Rapids’ production of Orpheus and Eurydice and was principal conductor for their June, 2016 production of Romberg’s The Student Prince.
A sought-after guest conductor, recently he has led community and professional orchestras in Michigan,Iowa, South Dakota and London, England. He has conducted numerous honors orchestras including the Iowa All-State Orchestra and the Michigan Youth Arts Coalition Honors Orchestra.