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 achievements have taken dedication and love for his instrument as he 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 in Cape Town and Durban on his three-city South African tour. Now, he will play his final performance in the City of Gold, bringing his time in our country to a breathtakingly climactic end.
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 has brought both his talent and his message ‘that anything is possible’ to South Africa and with sold out performances in the coastal cities, Johannesburg's classical music aficionados and lovers of music in general should book now or be disappointed.
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. Tickets sell from R330. For more information about his South African tour visit him on Facebook
or at his official website, www.nicholasmccarthy.co.uk