Martynas Levickis


Martynas Levickis is one of the world’s leading exponents of the accordion. His virtuosity and versatility in a wide range of repertoire has transformed the way we hear this instrument. Original in his approach to new arrangements, he has brought fresh life to well-loved classics, captivating audiences and critics alike. From the age of three Martynas Levickis 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, and then went on to study with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music in London followed by postgraduate studies with Iñaki Alberdi at Musikene in Spain. In 2013 he became the first accordionist to be signed to Decca Classics, a Universal Classics label. His debut album achieved great success going straight to the top of the UK Classical Album Charts. Martynas Levickis has performed on tour in China, Germany, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the USA. He enjoys a busy and varied international career, performing at venues and major festivals across the globe. He has enjoyed recent collaborations with Adriano Adewale, Adrian Brendel, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Harriet Krijgh, Joanna MacGregor, SIGNUM saxophone quartet, Signum String Quartet and Thomas Gould. This season he will direct his ensemble Mikroorkéstra in various projects including his own vibrant arrangement for accordion and chamber orchestra of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Concerto engagements include debuts with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, and as director with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Martynas Levickis is Artistic Director of Vilnius Accordion Music Week and of Composers+ Summer Academy. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a member of the Advisory Board of the Lithuanian World Arts Council. He plays a classical accordion Pigini NÒVA thanks to the generous support of The Lady R Foundation.

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 Concert Review,
"Here is someone who walks among the angels and the accordion gives him wings"
(William Cosby)
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 (excerpts)
Martynas Levickis accordion, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra 
 Classic FM,
"The brilliant young Lithuanian accordionist is making the music world sit up and reevaluate his instrument as one capable of great expression and emotion "
Václav Trojan Fairy Tales, A Concerto for Accordion (excerpts)
Martynas Levickis accordion, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra  
Mozart Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201/186a
Mikroorkéstra ensemble
Martynas Levickis Conductor and Artistic Director 
Martynas Levickis plays Vivaldi in Vilnius Railway Station
 Concert Review,
"Levickis transcends all limitations and makes music that has the potential to attract and influence a younger generation of music fans"
Classic FM Session - Martynas - Winter from The Four Seasons
 The Independent,
"The amazingly talented Martynas Levickis, the man who is single-handedly reinventing the accordion "
(Bob Riley, Chief Executive at Manchester Camerata)
Bach Fantasy and Fugue in A minor BWV 561
The Dawn Breaking, Traditional Lithuanian folk song arr. Martynas Levickis
 Review of The Sequel with Manchester Camerata,
"Energy levels rose with the Piazzolla Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, the orchestral pyrotechnics augmented by the virtuoso accordion playing of the young Martynas Levickis… his versatility, vigour and precision raised the stakes"
Geneva Camerata & David Greilsammer & Martynas Levickis
 Music Export Fund,
"I tried to watch how the audience responded to the music, and it was magnificent to watch how other people were drawn in so deeply. It's a talent to make people dream, and Martynas surely has that talent"
Mozart Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K 331: Rondo 'Alla Turca'
Martynas Levickis plays Mozart Rondo 'Alla Turca' | Seoul Arts Center, 29.09.2016 
Vivaldi Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297 “L’inverno” (Winter)
Martynas Levickis accordion, Je Hi Park conductor, Seoripul Symphony Orchestra | Seoul 28.09.16 
Martynas plays Bach Keyboard Concerto D minor BWV1052 with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
Ástor Piazzolla. Concerto Aconcagua
Astor Piazzolla Libertango
Martynas Levickis plays Astor Piazzolla's Libertango with the Seoripul Symphony Orchestra conducted by Je Hi Park 
 The Times,
"Martynas' mastery of an instrument once dismissed as a squeezebox has been revealed..."
Ástor Piazzolla. The Seasons of Buenos Aires (Excerpts)

Italian Racing | Accordion Music Week 2017 
Paganini Variations on Caprice No. 24 in A minor
Martynas Levickis plays Variations on Paganini Caprice No. 24 | Seoul Arts Center, 29.09.2016 
MARTYNAS LEVICKIS & MIKROORKÉSTRA Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (excerpts)
Martynas Levickis director, accordion

Vivaldi The Four Seasons (arr. Martynas Levickis)