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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.

Presenting his concert debut at London’s Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre on March 9th, he will perform a wide variety of repertoire including Chopin, Bach, Strauss, Liszt and Gershwin showcasing both his virtuosic and mainstream appeal.

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 it’s 130 year history.

Since his gradation, Nicholas has performed in the UK extensively and internationally performing at the renowned 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 Orchestra House in Kazakhstan amongst other places.

Having been both the subject of both a BBC and Channel 4 documentary, Nicholas has drawn crowds through his inspirational speaking at TED and has presented two Proms on BBC4. In 2012 he performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics with the British Paraorchestra alongside Coldplay.

An extraordinary talent, Nicholas has shown how that his disability is by no means a hindrance to him playing piano at the highest level with huge energy and excitement.

Nicholas said, “I’m thrilled and excited to be making my Purcell Room Debut at the iconic South Bank Centre, a venue that I have often been an audience member at, so it is both a joy and a privilege to be centre stage there sharing my music with the audience.”

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