The accordion is probably most closely identified with folk music from Eastern Europe and South America, but the young Lithuanian virtuoso Martynas Levickis aims to prove that it can make all kinds of music.
Experimenting with the accordion already as a three-year-old child, he enrolled in a music school at eight and began entering in competitions when he was 12.
Martynas completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has acquired all the knowledge and technical expertise of a professional classical musician, but he sees classical music as just one part of his personal mix. In 2010, while he was still studying at the Royal Academy, Martynas won the “Lithuania’s Got Talent” TV show and became a household name in his homeland.
He won awards all over Europe, and advanced steadily to a conservatory. In 2004, he was the first accordionist to be awarded Lithuania’s Queen Morta prize. His prodigious musical talent was becoming his passport to the wider world, and in 2008 Martynas made his fateful move to London. In 2009 he won the 71st American Accordionist Association competition in Memphis, and in 2010 he won the Coupe Mondiale, literally the accordionists’ World Cup. Martynas has performed at prestigious concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall.
His debut album (number 1 in the UK Classical Charts) takes the accordion around the world and back across the centuries, with works from composers and artists such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Ennio Morricone and even Lady Gaga.