One in a million. Brilliant composer, founder of a new style of music on an ‘old’ instrument, virtuoso, “Paganini” of the keyboard and an “Eric Clapton” on the accordion, who plays each note in a manner incomparable to any other musician. Matthias Matzke, virtuoso and gentleman. Following his early musical training on the glockenspiel, Matthias began taking accordion lessons at the Kolping Music School in the town of Sü.en with Anatoli Lick. His music teacher knew full well how to make the whole gamut of accordion literature palatable for him. So much so, in fact, that the 30 minutes he spent practising every day, which in the beginning his parents patiently had to persuade him to do, soon turned into longer sessions on his own volition. As his interest in music grew, his passion for another instrument began to blossom in 2002 when he started taking classical piano lessons from Anna Tichy. Th older he got, the more he became to drawn to improvisation and composition: in 2006, he got the chance to express his creativity on the accordion by taking lessons with Hans-Günther Kölz and also discovered some highly inspiring musicians who play jazz piano; first Alexander Erhardt, then Martin Rosengarten after. After winning first prize at the German Federal Music Competition for Youth, Matthias was also awarded the Leonberg Youth Music Prize in 2008. He received the award for two of his performances in the Baden-Württemberg State Youth Orchestra where Matthias performed Ole Schmidt’s Symphonic Fantasy as a soloist. In the context of the 2014 Rotarian Summer Course, Matthias was awarded the Franz Liszt Foundation Prize by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. Soprano Leonie Kratz also won the foundation’s prize for the second time. The encounter between the two led to an intensive cooperation and friendship. In 2016, Matthias received the Hohner Conservatory Advancement Award on being awarded for the first time, and also the Schubart Culture Prize from the town of Geislingen, where he went to school and loves to perform on stage if given the chance on occasion. Matthias has been an integral part of the UNICCORD success formation since 2019.