A British man won Wimbledon…. Well, by the law of averages it had to happen some time before Great Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane again.
But an accordion on top of the UK classical charts? I don’t think I can take much more…. (press release follows)
- 23-year-old Lithuanian hits the top spot with debut Decca album
- Martynas triumphs despite competition from other established artists
- Makes a giant stride in mission to “break boundaries” with the accordion
Martynas Levickis has made history by becoming the first ever accordionist to reach the top of the Classical Artist Album Charts. It is a staggering achievement for the 23-year-old Lithuanian, considering his debut effort has beaten off stiff competition to the top spot.
Martynas, a former accordion World Cup champion who won Lithuania’s Got Talent while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, unleashed his self-titled Decca debut album on July 1st. It is a collection of show-stopping numbers, where a unique 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 Bach 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. His weekly series of YouTube videos #SundaySqueezesees him cover chart hits from the likes of Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, and has won him thousands of new admirers who have been captivated by his inimitable style.
Martynas said, “The accordion has never received so much attention in the UK in one week! I believe it’s because my album is breaking through to people’s hearts and its music speaks for itself. It’s the music that one could never expect to hear on accordion and I am very happy for everyone now to be able to hear it in this way!”
Paul Moseley, Managing Director of Decca Classics said, “Martynas is a talented and charming young man on a mission. This is just the start. Classical accordion is set to be the sound of the summer!”