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Biography

Nicholas McCarthy was born in 1989 without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14 after being inspired by a friend play Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata.

Having once been told that he would never succeed as a concert pianist, Nicholas would not be discouraged and went on to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. His graduation in July 2012 drew press headlines around the world, being the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history.

Nicholas is a champion of the dynamic and brave world of left hand alone repertoire, a repertoire that first came into being in the early 19th Century and developed rapidly following the First World War as a result of the many injuries suffered on the Battlefield. Paul Wittgenstein was responsible for its 20th Century developments with his commissions with Ravel, Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten amongst others.

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Having performed extensively throughout the UK in all the major venues including The Royal Albert Hall. Internationally Nicholas has toured South Africa, South Korea, Malta, Kazakhstan and the U.S.

Also widely featured throughout national and international press and regularly gives live performances and interviews on television and radio including shows for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC television, Channel 4 and ITV. Nicholas has featured in documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

Summer 2014 saw Nicholas present two of the world famous BBC Proms on BBC4 television.

These television appearances have been responsible for drawing a cross section of new audiences to his imaginative and engaging recitals.

One of Nicholas’s proudest moments was performing with the British Paraorchestra at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games where they played alongside Coldplay and gave a rendition of the Paralympic anthem in front of an audience of 86,000 people and half a billion worldwide viewers.

As a keen supporter of charities he is Patron of Edric (European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre), Carers Gloucestershire, Create ,The Towersey Foundation. Nicholas is also ambassador of The One Handed Musicians Trust (OHMI) and Reach. Also keenly working alongside other charities including Scope and The Tadworth Children’s Trust all of which are very close to Nicholas’s heart.

Speaking engagements have seen Nicholas speak across the country in a range of schools and businesses including Goldman Sachs, ITV, Young Enterprise BFI event and most notably his TED Talk at The Royal Albert Hall.

In 2015 Nicholas attained official Yamaha Artist status and is an Ambassador for the stunning Yamaha CFX Concert Grand, Nicholas’s piano of choice.

Earlier in 2015 Nicholas was thrilled to announce his exclusive record deal with Warner Music, his first album is entitled Solo and will feature 17 pieces of left hand repertoire spanning three centuries and will be released in the U.K and U.S in September 2015.

Patrick Lemanski, Head of Classics at Warner Music UK, said “When we saw Nicholas in concert for the first time we were blown away by his artistry and warm connection with the audience. He truly is a one-of-a-kind artist who gets people excited about Classical Music in a unique and modern way. We’re delighted he’s now part of the Warner family.”

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Press

“.. amazing display of prowess, stamina and determined energy was nothing but dazzling. A truly great concert”

The Times
The TimesREVIEWThe Times, Malta

“There is a lifetime’s worth of work available. There are more challenges…”

Daily Mail
Daily MailINTERVIEWthe Daily Mail, UK

“The octaves, arpeggios and range of notes would test any two-handed pianist but Nicholas showed no qualms and turned in a performance which was outstanding.”

The Bristol Post
The Bristol PostREVIEWBristol Post, UK

“But if I can inspire one person, then I’m happy.”

Daily Telegraph magazine
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“McCarthy created a luscious sound, showing great physical dexterity in  Der Erlkonig and Godowsky’s physically demanding arrangement of a Chopin Etude, and delivering an exquisite version of Gershwin’s The Man I Love.”

The Liverpool Echo
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Music

SOLO

Launched September 18th

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Events

Sep
18
Fri
2015
UK WARNER ALBUM RELEASE: Nicholas McCarthy SOLO
Sep 18 all-day

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Nicholas McCarthy with Warner Classics Uk , launches his first Album SOLO.

Oct
10
Sat
2015
Belfast Music Festival
Oct 10 all-day

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Oct
11
Sun
2015
ALBUM LAUNCH -ELGAR ROOM- The Royal Albert Hall , London
Oct 11 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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Celebrating the launch of his new album ‘SOLO’ at the

iconic Elgar Room , Royal Albert Hall

Oct
24
Sat
2015
Ravel Piano Concerto with Kent Sinfonia at Canterbury Festival
Oct 24 all-day

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Kent Sinfonia present a delightful programme beginning with Ravel’s delicately scored suite Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose). The dark and exciting Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was originally written for concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who commissioned it after he lost his right arm in WW1. The second half features Mussorgsky’s suite Pictures at an Exhibition, and the programme will also contain a number of dazzling piano solos by Nicholas.

Oct
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Tue
2015
Recital – Epsom Playhouse , Epsom, surrey
Oct 27 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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Recital of his new album ‘SOLO’

Epsom Playhouse , Epsom Surrey

Oct
31
Sat
2015
Speaking Event
Oct 31 all-day

Contact

For All Bookings, Press and General Enquiries.
Please Contact:

Inspire Management

Tel: 07912 012944

Email: info@inspire-management.com

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