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Major record deal for Lady Gaga covering accordion player

Twenty-two-year-old Martynas Levickis. Photo: DECCA RECORDS/PA Wire

A Lithuanian accordion player who covers Lady Gaga has landed a major record deal in the UK.

Twenty-two-year-old Martynas Levickis, a world champion virtuoso accordion player, and graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, has landed a classical deal.

The Lithuania's Got Talent winner said he aims to bring the keyboard to a wider audience, as the first accordion player to be signed by Decca Classics.

His album, which will be released this summer, includes classical standards such as Air On A G String, Hungarian Dance and Rondo Alla Turca, as well as Lady Gaga's chart-topper Telephone.

Levickis' talent was developed after his godfather gave him a tiny accordion as a child in his native Lithuania.

He studied with one of his country's leading teachers at the Saulius Sondeckis Music School before graduating from London's Royal Academy of Music.

He 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.