Nicholas McCarthy announces tour of South Africa in February 2013

Nicholas McCarthy announces tour of South Africa in February 2013

Nicholas McCarthy, the world's youngest left hand only pianist will be touring South Africa in February 2013.

He was born without his right hand and discovered his talent for Piano at age 14. His dedication from his teens won him a place at the Royal college of music in London .This began a series of 'Firsts' for Nicholas, who is the first Left hand alone pianist to graduate in the colleges hundred year history.

 From that time and against the odds he strove to become the worlds youngest Left hand alone concert pianist performing internationally with great acclaim. His playing has been described by The Times as 'Sheer Poetry'. 

A recent pinnacle for Nicholas was playing at the Paralympic Closing ceremony in London with a worldwide audience of half a billion people.

Nicholas regularly appears on British television and radio and enjoys his international engagements. He is thrilled to be coming to South Africa at last and bringing his message ' that anything is possible’

He will also be available for piano workshops during his visit to South Africa.

Tour dates:

Saturday, 9th February 2013 - Cape Town Convention Centre 

Wednesday 13th February 2013 - Durban City Hall

Friday 15th February 2013 - Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg

Bookings at Computicket.


Nicholas McCarthy Face book and video page .!/NicholasMcCarthyPianist

With paraorchestra at closing Ceremony 2012

Television interview with Phillip Schofield

BBC Radio Three series on left handed piano pieces


More about Nicholas McCarthy:

Nicholas McCarthy was born in 1989 and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14. Born without his right hand, he is one of only a few left-handed pianists worldwide and at present is the youngest sole left-handed pianist so far. At 17, Nicholas was awarded a place at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music in London where he studied with acclaimed concert pianist Lucy Parham.

After two years of studying at the Guildhall School of Music, Nicholas was awarded the Annual Piano Prize just before he left the school in 2008.Since this time he has played numerous recitals throughout the U.K., venues including St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, Fairfield Halls, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Lansdowne Club, Bluthner Piano Centre, Chappell’s and Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford. Nicholas has been a regular participant at the Chetham’s International Festival and Summer School in Manchester.

His time spent at the festival has seen Nicholas take part in master classes with concert pianists such as Peter Donohoe, Martino Tirimo, Philippe Cassard and Margaret Fingerhut, all of whom expressed high acclaim for Nicholas' playing. Since September 2008, Nicholas has been a student at the Royal College of Music in London where he studies with Nigel Clayton. Over the past two years Nicholas has been featured extensively on national television on such shows like ITV's "This Morning" with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby where he gave a live performance of Blumenfeld’s Etude in A Flat Major Op.36. Soon after his “This Morning” appearance Nicholas was featured on ITV's "London Tonight" show and “GMTV.”  

Recently Nicholas was awarded the prestigious international AMI Award for his creative excellence in music and was presented this prestigious award at a ceremony held at The London Studios.  

Nicholas played internationally for the first time in 2011, when he gave a recital at the Vilhena Palace in Malta.


Published 15 October 2012

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