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Left-handed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy to perform in Cape Town for one night only

Published: 15 January 2013

Award-winning British musician Nicholas McCarthy is bringing his talents as the world’s youngest left-handed pianist to the Cape Town International Convention Centre for one performance, on Saturday, 9 February.

Left-handed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy to perform in Cape Town for one night only
At only 23, McCarthy is an accomplished pianist, who enjoys international recognition. He has played piano at the Offices of the Prime Minister of Malta; he 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. These remarkable achievements have taken absolute dedication and love for his instrument as this young talented pianist plays with his left hand because he was born without his right.

McCarthy has never let this hold him back. In fact, it has probably been his biggest motivator in pushing him to accomplishing greatness at such a young age. Described by The Times as ‘sheer poetry’, he has been shaking things up on the international classical music scene and now he is about to do the very same thing in one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities as he heads for the Cape shores, where he’ll be kicking off his spectacular three-city South African tour.

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 United Kingdom. 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.

Now, prior to his world tour, McCarthy’s bringing both his super-talent and his message ‘that anything is possible’ to South Africa, starting in Cape Town, so classical music aficionados and lovers of music in general should book now before the one-night-only performance sells out.

Book at Computicket. Tickets sell from R330. For more information about his South African tour visit Nicholas McCarthy on Facebook or at his official website, www.nicholasmccarthy.co.uk.
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