(Lionel Reekie, soul singer Bella Kalolo and beatbox artist Phillip Fan performing "Royals" at Auckland's Vector Arena.)

Auckland entertainer Lionel Reekie, who has performed in many of New Zealand's top venues, is a member of the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand and has appeared on stage as a soloist in many countries including USA, Canada, Europe, China, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

Lionel was the featured artist for a special New Year festival concert early January 2013 at the prestigious Novosibirsk Philharmonia, Russia.  He sang all 13 songs on his album “From Russia with Love” and two encores in Russian, receiving a standing ovation.

Later in the year Lionel, Bella Kalolo and Phillip Fan's unique rendition of Lorde's "Royals" at the 2013 APRA Silver Scrolls Awards was rewarded with outstanding applause. 

Lionel has also been a guest vocalist for the Auckland Symphony Orchestra at their “Last Night of the Proms" concerts, performing songs from modern musical shows.

As well as being a versatile singer and musician, Lionel is an accomplished conductor.  In August 2007 Lionel conducted the New Zealand North Shore Accordion Orchestra in Washington DC and New York, including a concert on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.

In September 2002 Lionel conducted the Musicale Accordion Orchestra during their concert tour of China.  One of these concerts was televised by a Chinese television network.

Lionel (AIRMT) is also Manager of the Music Education Centres (Glenfield, Henderson and Ponsonby). Director, Forte School of Music NZ.  He holds a New Zealand Accordion Association Teacher’s Certificate.

Performances as Guest Artist include:

2013                         Featured vocalist in concert Novosibirsk State Philharmonic, Russia

2013                         APRA Silver Scrolls, Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand                

2013                         Performed for the American Accordion Association's 75th Anniversary

                                 Festival, New York, USA

2013                         Vocal soloist with the World Accordion Orchestra, Canada    

2012                         Australian Accordion Teachers' Association, Sydney, Australia

2009                         Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, New Zealand

2005, 2006, 2007

Gold Coast – appearances at Southport RSL, Sharks Club, Albert Waterways

Annually since 1992

South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival (New Zealand)

1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2008

Australian Accordion Teachers Association International Championships

1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2010

Accordion Teachers Guild International and American Accordionists’ Assn (USA)


Cotati Accordion Festival (USA)


Frankfurt Musik Messe (Germany)

Lionel's expertise has been honoured with many awards and nominations including:



Top Male Artist - The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand

Scroll of Honour – The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand

2006 - 2013

Nominated for Agnew Excellence Award - The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand

2006 - 2010

Nominated for Top Male Vocal Artist - The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand

2006 - 2012

Nominated for Top Musician - The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand


"Rising Star" award – The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand


Winner of the "Show Business" class at the AFNA competition ( USA )

APRA Silver Scrolls -" Royals"