It was at his family's holiday house in the forests of Lithuania that the three year old Martynas first picked up a small accordian. At first he sang folk tunes he'd heard, playing along with himself on the little squeeze-box.
Fast forward twenty years and Martynas is now a graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, the recipient of a major record contract, the winner of Lithuania's Got Talent and the victor in the most important international accordian competition, the Coupe Mondiale.
For this album, his sparkling showcase, Martynas has chosen a programme to demonstrate not just his infinite virtuosity (as in the Brahms Hungarian Dance No 5 or Monti's Czardas), but his ability to conjure up a gentle mood of romantic nostalgia (as in Parlez-Moi d'Amour, where he barely breathes upon the keys).
If there's one thread which draws together the pieces on the disc it's Martynas' energy in wishing to share his love of the music; it comes across as vividly now as it must have done to his parents in listening to the little boy all those years ago.
In the booklet which accompanies the CD, Martynas says that he couldn't be happier now that he's able to "speak the language of music to people and their hearts. In the end, that's what music is about, right?"
Played like this, you can only agree. An outstanding release.