Cantor Pavel Roytman, a native of Nikolaev, Ukraine, was selected to study piano at a specialized music school at the age of seven. He continued his studies at the Kaliningrad Rachmaninov Music College and then at the Petrozavodsk Glazunov State Conservatory. While pursuing his advanced degree, Pavel joined the “Klezmer Shpil Orchestra,” with whom he toured and recorded in Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
In 1994, Pavel immigrated to the United States, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance, and then his Master of Music in Musicology from Northwestern University. At the same time, he studied chazzanut (the Cantor’s art) with Cantors Shlomo Shuster, Henry Rosenblum, Cory Winter and Alberto Mizrahi.
In 2006, Cantor Roytman was invested as a Cantor through Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion, and completed his certification as a Conservative Cantor in 2015. He is the Cantor of Beth Hillel B’nai Emunah, a Conservative Egalitarian Congregation in Wilmette, Illinois. He is also the Principal Conductor of Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers, a 27-voice Jewish Choir.
Cantor Roytman has collaborated and recorded with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago Acapella, Corky Siegal’s Chamber Blues and others. He resides in Wilmette, Illinois with his wife, Jenya, and children Daniel and Shana.