NICHOLAS MCCARTHY AT THE MANOEL THEATRE
The Wednesdays at the Manoel series will proceed on the 13th April at 8pm, manifested by a wonderful recital by the international and award-winning concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, who was born without his right hand and is the world’s only one-handed concert pianist.
Born in 1989 but only started playing at the age of fourteen, Nicholas had refused to be discouraged despite being told that he would never succeed as a concert pianist. He went on to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. His graduation in July 2012 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.
Nicholas is a champion of the dynamic and brave world of left-hand alone repertoire, which first came into being in the early 19th century and rapidly developed following WWI, as a result of the many injuries suffered on the battlefield. Paul Wittgenstein was responsible for its 20th century developments with his commissions for Ravel, Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten, amongst others.
Nicholas has performed extensively throughout the UK and internationally in notable concert venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and The Kennedy Centre. His talent has also been showcased widely across the press and media with many television and radio broadcasts.
In September 2015, Nicholas announced his exclusive record deal with Warner Music, with his album entitled Solo featuring 17 stunning pieces of left-hand repertoire spanning three centuries. It’s been released around the world to great acclaim, securing a top 10 classical chart position and 5 star reviews.
The repertoire will be a celebration of determination and three centuries of music played with the left hand, featuring composers such as Liszt, Chopin/Godowsky, Bach, Scriabin, Gershwin and Blumenfeld.
There will be a pre-recital talk at 7.15pm. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased here.