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). The BBC Radio 3 played and discussed his CD for 16 minutes and Hifi Magazine just selected his Maier CD as the ‘best CD of the year’.
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). 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 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN; the Grumo festival in Italy, the Korsholm festival in Finland, the CICA festival in Eureka Springs, AR and Taipei, Taiwan; and the Sagatuck Chamber Music Festival in Sagatuck, 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. He has also himself participated in masterclasses with Zakhar Bron, Leonidas Kavakos, and Michela Martin.
During the 2015–16 year Maytan was on a sabbatical leave in order to focus more on his performing activities. The highlight of the year was recording a CD with works by the Swedish composer Amanda Maier. Other events during Maytan’s sabbatical year include guest teaching
and performing at the Sydney Conservatory and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as well as multiple performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia in Michigan and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra in Tennessee.
Maytan is a member of the 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 Chaonne together with singers singing hidden chorales as researched by Helga Thoene. Maytan was recently accepted as a Fulbright Specialist Roaster Candidate.
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.
“Maytan… plays with lyrical freshness and infectious vitality… Listening to his impassioned performance, he clearly believes in every note” – The Strad
“very musical, knows how to bring the simplest melody to life” – American Record Guide
“The Allegro molto vivace… is executed [by Maytan] with heart-racing excitement and verve… Maytan taps into the newness [of the Grieg sonata] and creates a wonderful aura about this piece, bringing it freshness and clarity.” – Strings Magazine
“This CD is both a revelation and a trip of performances of great artistry… [Maytan] coaxes from his instrument a powerful, warm sound in all registers. [Maytan plays] with perfect intonation… and great expression, from the most tender phrases to the most passionate, dramatic ones.” - Classical Voice of North Carolina
“a technically extraordinarily well-versed violinist” – Nordseezeitung, Bremerhaven
[Maytan] “has a lovely, deep and profound sound in long passages and cantilenas [in the Paganini concerto]… he is in command of demanding left-hans work… and dazzling doublestops
and harmonics.” – Vasterbottens Kuriren, Umea
[Maytan’s] “vigorous and intelligent interpretation [of the Beethoven Violin Concerto] was beautifully expressed and nuanced.” – The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
“exquisite interpretations” – Dagens Nyheter “Gregory Maytan plays extremely well in the [Maier] concerto” – Hifi Magazine