Universal Music today announces the signing of world-champion accordionist Martynas. The 22-year-old, who recently graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music, is on a quest to bring new audiences to his unique instrument, and has been hailed by critics for the “cosmic richness” and “extraordinary virtuosity” of his playing.
Martynas, who is also the newly appointed official Tourism Ambassador for Lithuania, will be unleashing his self-titled Decca Classics debut this summer. A show-stopping arrangement of Lady Gaga’s Telephone is set alongside an exotic mix of styles, featuring gypsy dances, tango, classic French movie themes, Latin American rhythms and the music of Verdi and Vivaldi. Thanks to the breadth and depth of his musical tastes, abundant showmanship and natural charisma, Martynas is perfectly placed to catapult the accordion into the 21st Century.
Martynas Levickis first displayed his jaw-dropping talents as a child prodigy in his native Lithuania after his godfather gave him a tiny accordion. His parents recognised their boy’s innate gifts as he made rapid progress on the instrument and arranged for him to study with one of the Baltic country’s leading teachers at the Saulius Sondeckis Music School.
During his early teens, Martynas captivated primetime television viewers with his phenomenal virtuoso performances. After triumphing in a succession of prestigious national and international competitions, he won the second series of Lithuania’s Got Talent and first prize in the 2010 Accordion World Cup in Croatia. The Martynas magic has since cast its spell over audiences at some of London’s most famous venues, from Wigmore Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.
Martynas said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Decca and bring the accordion to an ever larger audience.”
Paul Moseley, Managing Director of Decca Classics said: “Martynas is the master of an instrument lodged deep in most of our musical memories. His mission is to bring the accordion back into the mainstream where it belongs. His unstuffy virtuosity and showmanship are the advocacy this wonderful instrument needs and Decca is delighted to be breaking boundaries with him.”
Already a star in his native home of Lithuania, Martynas has been appointed by The Lithuanian Tourism Office in the UK as the official Tourism Ambassador for Lithuania, with the aim to encourage his UK fans to travel to Lithuania as a holiday destination.
Martynas’ rapidly growing following can hear him perform live with his incredible band this summer at the Henley Festival, and during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.