Five Centuries of Violin Virtuosity – Gregory Maytan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2012

EVENT: Five Centuries of Violin Virtuosity – Gregory Maytan
VENUE: Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
ADDRESS: 1720 Peabody, Memphis, TN 38104
DATE: Sunday, October 21
TIME: 6:30 pm
ADMISSION: Free
CONTACT: Patricia Gray, pgray@pgray.net, 901-493-0958
WEBSITE: www.lunanova.org; www.gregorymaytan.com

The Luna Nova Ensemble will present its violinist Gregory Maytan in a solo violin concert surveying masterworks for the violin from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Maytan has performed extensively in Europe and the US. Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Barber and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, 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 CICA festival in Eureka Springs, AR; and the Sagatuck Chamber Music Festival in Sagatuck, MI. He has performed at venues such as Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Chicago Cultural Center. Recently he performed live 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. Two more recordings, one featuring the sonatas of Faure, Franck and the Chausson Poeme and the second more music by Grieg and Maier should be available for purchase in the fall of 2012.

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. Other teachers include 
Igor Petruschevski (London), Federico Agostini (Bloomington) and 
Alexander Kerr (Bloomington). He is currently performing on the 1766 ‘ex-Loeb’ Nicolo Gagliano.

Reviews:

“plays with lyrical freshness and infectious vitality” (The Strad)
“very musical, knows how to bring the simplest melody to life” (American Record Guide)

Maytan’s Memphis program will include:

Heinrich Biber, Sonata XVI in G minor, Passacaglia (1676)
J.S. Bach, Partita No. 2 in D minor, Chaconne (1720)
Niccolo Paganini, 24 Caprices Op. 1, Nos. 13, 24 (1809)
Eugène Ysaÿe, Op. 27, No. 3, Ballade (1923)
Lasse Thoresen, YR (2001)

Author: LampLighter

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