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. As one of the world’s leading exponents of the accordion, his virtuosity and versatility in the classical and contemporary repertoire has transformed the way we listen to the instrument.
Encouraged by his family, at the age of just three Martynas began to teach himself the traditional folk music of his home country, Lithuania. After he went on to study with Prof. Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Today he is the recipient of over 30 international awards.
Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include concerts at the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Heidelberger Frühling, Ronnie Scott´s Jazz Club London, Schloss Elmau and Dresdner Philharmonie.
In 2023 he will postpone his Artist in Residence at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
In 2015 he founded The Mikroorkéstra, which he directs in various projects either from the accordion or as a conductor.
Martynas Levickis has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, Seoul Arts Center and at festivals such as, Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Thüringer Bachwochen, MDR Musiksommer, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Bath, Kissinger Sommer, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Gaida.
Masterclasses and teaching are others important parts of Martynas’ work, and in past years Martynas has led residential courses at Dartington International Summer School and Ruse International March Music Days.