Estonian accordionist Tuulikki Bartosik is a candid and open minded musician and composer who melds the traditions of Estonia with Scandinavian old instrumental tradition and was first in Estonia to adapt traditional music to the free-bass accordion. Tuulikkis’ classical and theoretical studies, with a masters’ degree in traditional music from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, have ignited her curiosity to learn what traditional music could be in todays urban settings and changing world. For Tuulikki her accordion has always been a tool to express her voice trough music. Freedom and nature are very important to her and large open spaces like the Gulf of Finland in Virumaa in northern Estonia or the woods and bogs in Võrumaa in the southeast of Estonia inspire her music. Other musical influences come from the places she has visited and lived in and from the all the meetings with other individuals in her life.
Tuulikkis first solo album Storied sounds was released under the UK label RootBeat Records in March 2016 featuring newly written solo pieces as well as duos and trios with Finnish piano player and composer Timo Alakotila, Estonian mandolin player Villu Talsi and Welsh guitarist Dylan Fowler. Storied sounds was rereleased 2017 by German label Nordic Notes. Duoalbum Chatterbox (RBRCD25) with English accordionist, singer and dancer Hannah James entered the Telegraph best folk and traditional music albums chart in 2015 and has earned splendid reviews internationally. Tuulikki also works with Estonian singer-songwriter Mari Kalkun and multi-instrumentalist Pastacas and their collaboration is available for listening on the Estonian released album called Upa-upa ubinakõnõ. Tuulikki has been nominated for Estonian Folk Music Awards in Best musician and Best album categories 2014 & 2016, 2016 she received an honorary award for promoting South-Estonian traditions and 2017 the Live and Shine grant from Estonian Culture Capital.