Saxophonist, composer, pedagogue, group leader. Well-known perfectionist and master of stylistic interplay, ahead of the jazz musicians of his generation, today listed among the most prominent Lithuanian jazz figures. He is praised for his emotional and consummate musicianship, incredible creative energy, attention to every detail of the sound and at the same time great feeling of the whole. Since his jazz debut in 1996, Jan Maksimowicz has collaborated with a number of Lithuanian jazz celebrities. In 2002 he made his debut as a leader and composer and since then has mostly performed with his own groups: trio, quartet, and quintet Riot. He also plays solo and with classical music performers.
Riot, solo by Jan Maksimowicz
Jan Maksimowicz & Eugenijus Kanevičius - Way
Linas Paulauskis & Jan Maksimowicz - Life-giving Water Machine
Jan Maksimowicz (b. 1975) is one of the most exciting Lithuanian jazz saxophonists, praised for his emotional and consummate musicianship, admired as a master of stylistic interplay, ingenious composer, band leader and teacher.
Jan Maksimowicz studied at the Balys Dvarionas School of Music, the Vilnius Conservatory, and received Master's Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (under Petras Vyšniauskas). He participated and earned prizes in a number of competitions: laureate of Juozas Pakalnis Competition (1994), Grand Prix and audience prize in Lithuania's Saxophone Competition in Klaipėda (1999), third prize in the International Saxophone Competition "Brilliant Note" in Latvia (2000), and first prize in the International Young Jazz Performers Competition in Klaipėda (2000).
Since his jazz debut in 1996, Jan Maksimowicz has collaborated with a number of Lithuanian jazz celebrities, including Vytautas Labutis, Petras Vyšniauskas, Oleg Molokoyedov, Dainius Pulauskas, Artūras Anusauskas, Saulius Šiaučiulis, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Danielius Praspaliauskis, Valerijus Ramoška, Liudas Mockūnas, Vytis Nivinskas, Arūnas Šlaustas, Arkady Gotesman, and appeared in international projects, including Anatoly Vapirov's Mirror of Memory and Baltic Asteroids.
Jan Maksimowicz made his debut as a leader and composer in 2002 and since then has mostly performed with his own groups: trio, quartet, and quintet Riot.
The saxophonist performs as a soloist as well, takes part in various projects collaborating not only with jazz musicians, but also with classical performers such as Polish Chamber Orchestra (leader Zbigniew Lewicki), organist Vitaly Neugasimov, and Čiurlionis String Quartet. As a member of different groups he appeared in numerous jazz festivals in Lithuania and abroad, including Jazz Weekend (Moldova, 1999), Jazz Baltica (Finland, 2000), Pori Jazz (Finland, 2004), and gave a concert in the Lithuanian Culture Days in Athens (2003).
In addition to his performing career, since 2002 Jan Maksimowicz has been teaching at the Vilnius College, the Vilnius Conservatory and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
© Jūratė Kučinskaitė
Jan Maksimowicz - sax, Dominykas Vyšniauskas - tp, Vitaly Neugasimov - org
As a guest musician
4Tango Con Brigita
4Tango: Brigita Bublytė - voc, Kristina Žebrauskaitė - acc, Feliks Zakrevsky - p, Birutė Bagdonienė - va, Donatas Bagurskas - db + guests: Anželika Daunoravičiūtė - fl, Jan Maksimowicz - sax
4Tango, 2005 (CD)
Biplan: Maks Melman - voc, g Oleg Alekseyev - g, voc, Aleksandr Kazakevich - dr, perc, ky, voc, Artyom Myshkin - b, voc, Serge Grey - b, ky, voc, programming + guests: Jan Maksimowicz - sax, Dominykas Vyšniauskas - tp, and others
Bomba Records BBCD203, 2005
Linas Paulauskis. "Life Giving Water Machine"
Jan Maksimowicz - ss, bs, Linas Paulauskis - live electronics
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD 013, 2002 (CD)
Jan Maksimowicz - ts, Dmitry Golovanov - p
Judita Bartoševičienė VMJ 001, 2004 (CD)
Note Lithuania: Jazz
Jan Maksimowicz - ts, Eugenijus Kanevičius - b
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD+DVD 002, 2007 (CD)
As a performer of academic music
Algirdas Martinaitis: Pieta
Regina Maciūtė - S, Vytautas Juozapaitis - Bar, Petras Vyšniauskas - sax, Jan Maksimowicz - sax, Danielius Praspaliauskis - sax, Jūratė Bundzaitė - org, Kaunas State Choir, choir "Aidija", Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, cond. Robertas Šervenikas
Bonifa Records 0180, 2003 (CD)