Martynas Levickis

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

“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.


Chamber orchestra:


Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414 (385p) Allegro

Astor Piazzolla

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)

Symphony orchestra:

Ben Lunn



Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28

Vaclav Trojan

Fairy tales

Rūta Vitkauskaitė



With string quartet:

J.S. Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV1052


Organ Concerti Op. 7 HWV306-311

Ben Lunn

Stravinsky’s Dream (fantasy in 5 movements fusing Lithuanian folk music and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring)

Daniel Nelson

My Inner Disco

Astor Piazzolla

Five tango sensations

Poul Ruders

Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
With trio (accordion, violin, cello):

Sofia Gubaidulina




JS Bach

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

John Cage


Ernesto Lecuona



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


Sergej Berinsky

Thus spoke Zarathustra

Simon Eastwood

Horror Vacui

Jurgen Ganzer

Phantasie 84

Sofia Gubaidulina

De Profundis

Gorka Hermosa


Martynas Levickis

The Sirens of Vilnius



Efrem Podgaits

Sonata No. 1

Arne Nordheim


Albin Repnikov


Viacheslav Semionov

Sonata No. 1

Rūta Vitkauskaitė

For many thousands

World, folk:

Richard Galliano

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

Václav Trojan Fairy Tales, A Concerto for Accordion (excerpts)

Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 (excerpts)

Astor Piazzolla Libertango

Mozart Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K 331: Rondo 'Alla Turca'

Martynas Levickis on BBC One Breakfast -2013 07 01

Lithuanian Talents 2010 11 21

Hungarian Dance No.5 in G Minor

Lady Gaga - Telephone on Accordion

Vivaldi: 'Winter" from 'The Four Seasons'

"Por Una Cabeza" with David Garrett - Live in Berlin

Martynas and Avi Avatal - Sinfini Session Live

New Season's Opening of Lithuania's Leading TV

SundaySqueeze - Martynas plays 'Take On Me' at Hampton Court Palace!

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius, October 25 2014

UGNĖ GIEDRAITYTĖ – Iris for clarinet and orchestra

SOFIA GUBAIDULINA – Das Gastmahl während der Pest for symphony orchestra

HANNA KULENTY – Part One for symphony orchestra

RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ – Ashraga for accordion and orchestra, world premiere