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Guest Artists

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 began to teach himself the folk music of his home country Lithuania. He started to learn formally from the age of eight at the Šiauliai Saulius Sondeckis Gymnasium of Arts, and then went on to study with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music in London and 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 and the USA. He has given numerous concerts and has appeared at major festivals. He enjoys collaborations with SIGNUM saxophone quartet and Manchester Camerata, and directs his own orchestra Mikroorkéstra. This season he will debut with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. Martynas Levickis is Artistic Director of Composers+ Summer Academy and of the Vilnius Accordion Music Week. He is also 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.