“The amazingly talented Martynas Levickis, the man who is single-handedly reinventing the accordion” The Independent
“The brilliant young Lithuanian accordionist is making the music world sit up and reevaluate his instrument as one capable of great expression and emotion” Classic FM
Praised by The Times for his “mastery of an instrument once dismissed as a squeezebox”, accordionist Martynas Levickis has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality, charisma and dynamic performances. Martynas is a dedicated ambassador for his instrument, widely admired for his virtuosic performances in classical and contemporary genres.
Encouraged by his family, at the age of just three Martynas began to teach himself the traditional folk music of his home country Lithuania. At eight years old he started to learn formally at the S. Sondeckis School of the Arts in his hometown of Šiauliai, later continuing his undergraduate studies with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music and postgraduate studies with Iñaki Alberdi at Spain’s Musikene. Martynas has taken masterclasses with Claudio Jacomucci, Friedrich Lips, Masimiliano Pitocco and Matti Rantenen. He is the recipient of over 30 awards internationally, including winner of the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships. The first accordionist to be signed to Universal Music’s Decca Classics label, his eponymous debut album went straight to the top of the UK Official Classical Album Chart.
Martynas Levickis has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, Debussy’s Residence in Paris, Gangdong Arts Centre South Korea, and at festivals such as Bath, Dartington, Dresden, Edinburgh Jazz, Gaida, Henley, Leigo Lake, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Plush, Spitalfields and St Magnus. Over the years Martynas has appeared with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Concerto engagements include with the Lithuanian Chamber, National Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Geneva Camerata and Manchester Camerata. He has directed the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and his own ensemble Mikroorkéstra. Masterclasses and teaching form an important part of Martynas’ work, recently leading two residential courses at Dartington International Summer School.
Martynas curated the Christopher Festival Accordion Week 2012-14. He is Artistic Director of Composers+ Summer Academy, the annual event he founded in 2014 with the objective to create and premiere new music for accordion with chamber ensemble, and of Vilnius Accordion Music Week.
Forthcoming highlights include concert tours of China, Germany, South Korea and Spain; concerts at the Grand Hall of St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kings Place, Seoul Arts Center, St John’s Smith Square, Warwick Arts Centre; directing his ensemble Mikroorkéstra in various projects including a Christmas tour of their Classic Live Show; performances with SIGNUM saxophone quartet; collaboration on a tango project with Adriano Adewale, Adrian Brendel, Joanna MacGregor and Thomas Gould. Highlights among future concerto engagements include with Manchester Camerata, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, and debut with the Castille and León Symphony Orchestra.
Martynas is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his distinguished contribution to music in his field. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Lithuanian World Arts Council.
Martynas plays a classical accordion Pigini Nova, thanks to the generous support of The Lady R Foundation.
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414 (385p) Allegro
Aconcagua (for accordion, piano, harp, percussion and string orchestra)
The Seasons of Buenos Aires (for accordion, piano and string orchestra)
The Four Seasons (for accordion, string orchestra and guitar)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV1052
Organ Concerti Op. 7 HWV306-311
Stravinsky’s Dream (fantasy in 5 movements fusing Lithuanian folk music and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring)
My Inner Disco
Five tango sensations
Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
With trio (accordion, violin, cello):
Fantasy and Fugue in A minor, BWV561
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009
Prelude from English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV807
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV871 from The Well-Tempered Clavier II
Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV887 from The Well-Tempered Clavier II
Early morning bathe from Holiday Diary Op. 5
Organ Sonata No 6 in D minor (I movement Adagio, Allegro)
Spinnerlied Op. 67 No. 4
Variations on Caprice No. 24 in A minor
Sonata in D minor K1
Sonata in D minor L413 K9
Sonata in B minor K87 (L33)
Sonata in D major K96
Sonata No. 84 in D major
Sonata No. 87 in G minor
October: Autumn Song from The Seasons Op. 37a
Thus spoke Zarathustra
The Sirens of Vilnius
Sonata No. 1
Sonata No. 1
For many thousands
Tango Pour Claude
La Valse à Margaux
Traditional arr. Levickis Variations on Lithuanian folk song “Beauštanti Aušrelė” (The Dawn is Breaking)
Astor Piazzolla numerous including Adios Nonino, Chiquilín de Bachín, Escualo, Libertango, Vuelvo al Sur
UGNĖ GIEDRAITYTĖ – Iris for clarinet and orchestra
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA – Das Gastmahl während der Pest for symphony orchestra
HANNA KULENTY – Part One for symphony orchestraRŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ – Ashraga for accordion and orchestra, world premiere
LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
VYTAUTAS GIEDRAITIS (clarinet)
MARTYNAS LEVICKIS (accordion)
Conductor ROLAND FREISITZER