Pianist Nicholas McCarthy heading to South Africa
One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy is bringing his talent and his message ‘that anything is possible’ to South African shores.
He will be performing at the Cape Town Convention Centre on Saturday, February 9; Durban City Hall on Wednesday, February 13; and Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg on Friday, February 15.
British-born McCarthy has played piano at the offices of the Prime Minister of Malta, was awarded the prestigious international AMI Award for his creative excellence in music and most recently he played piano at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics alongside the Paraorchestra and Coldplay.
He is an accomplished pianist at 23, something that has taken absolute dedication and love for his instrument because this young talented musician has only one hand.
McCarthy made his way into the world without his right hand. Yet, this did not hold the pianist back and he is currently shaking up the international classical music scene as one of the few left-handed pianists, worldwide. In fact, at present McCarthy is the youngest sole left-handed pianist to ever play.
His stage performances have left audiences in awe and he has been described as ‘sheer poetry’ by The Times of London.
McCarthy discovered his talent for Piano as late as age 14 but his perseverance and determination to succeed as a teenager when others thought he’d fail paid off as it won him a place at the Royal College of Music in London. He graduated in 2012 making history as the only left-handed pianist to ever graduate from the prestigious 100-year-old institution.
Since graduating, he has become one of the busiest Piano soloists, playing solo and with the premier orchestras in the UK. He has also made regular appearances on British television and radio but he rates his playing at the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony in London as one of his biggest highlights.
He is currently recording a piano series for the BBC.
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