Hailing from Nikolaev, Ukraine, Cantor Pavel Roytman earned a degree in piano and conducting at a Russia-based conservatory, and toured as a vocalist throughout Russia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, blossoming into the music career he started at age seven when he began studying piano. Immigrating to the U.S. in the 1990’s, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Master of Music in Musicology. After winning first prize for Voice/Cantorial Singing in Berlin (2004), he was certified as a Cantor in 2006 and is a full-fledged member of the Cantor’s Assembly.
In addition to singing with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band since the mid-1990s, he has performed in festivals from Chicago to Israel. Cantor Roytman has appeared on stage, solo and with distinguished musicians and ensembles including Chicago Acapella, Renovo Strings, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Corky Siegal and Chamber Blues, B’hai Temple Choir and many others. Cantor Roytman is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and Chicago-Milwaukee Association of Synagogue Music. Cantor Roytman’s creative work includes liturgical and secular compositions for voice and choir. Recently, he wrote and produced “The Singing Yid," a musical show based on his life and experience. He resides in Wilmette, Illinois with his wife, Jenya, and children Daniel and Shana.