As a teenager seeking his first place at a school for young pianists, Nicholas McCarthy was refused an audition and told he would never succeed.
Having only one hand, the head teacher told him, would always hold him back and it was better not to waste his and other people’s time. He says “It was soul crushing because that’s all I wanted to do. I could feel it would be an uphill struggle, but it made me more determined, I’m quite a stubborn character!”
Nicholas graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2012, the first left handed pianist to do so. He has since performed in all the major venues in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, and has toured South Africa, South Korea, Malta, Kazakhstan and the US.
Nicholas is a great communicator much in demand on television, radio and also as a motivational speaker. One of his proudest moments was giving a TED Lecture at the Royal Albert Hall, an inspirational talk on the power of determination.
His thoroughly enjoyable programme is full of melody; several arrangements of well known pieces in addition to some original compositions will leave you astounded that any of it could be played with one hand alone.
The programme ranges from Bach to Bellini, Scriabin to Strauss, a commissioned piece by Nigel Hess, with a little Gershwin for good luck.
“When we saw Nicholas in concert for the first time we were blown away by his artistry and warm connection with the audience. He is truly a one-of-a-kind artist who gets people excited about Classical Music in a unique and modern way.”