Nicholas McCarthy

Nicholas McCarthy is one of the most extraordinary and unique talents around. A world-renowned pianist, he is making headlines for not only his playing but for the fact that he manages to do it with only one hand.

Born in 1989 without his right hand he went on to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. His graduation in July 2012 made history and 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.

Since his graduation Nicholas has performed in the UK extensively and internationally performing at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, the Capetown Convention Centre, the Linder Auditorium in South Africa, the Vilhena Palace and the Offices of the Prime Minister in Malta and the Abay Opera House Kazakhstan, amongst other places.

Nicholas has featured extensively throughout the national press, on TV and radio showcasing his extraordinary talent, proving to the world that his disability is by no means a hindrance to him playing piano at the highest level with huge excitement and energy.

Nicholas has been the subject of both a BBC documentary and featured in another by Channel 4. A brilliant presenter, Nicholas has given a TED talk and has presented two Proms on BBC4 television. In 2012 he performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics with the British Paraorchestra alongside Coldplay to half a billion people.


9 March – Purcell Room, London