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 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 September 2008, Nicholas has been a student at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Ian Jones and now currently studies with Nigel Clayton. Nicholas has recently accepted a place at the Royal College to study on the Masters of Performance Postgraduate programme.
Over the past few years Nicholas has been featured extensively in the press and national television on such shows like ITV's "This Morning" show 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.” Most recently Nicholas was awarded the prestigious international AMI Award for his creative excellence in music and was presented to him at a ceremony held at The London Studios.
Aside from Nicholas’s performing schedule he is an avid charity supporter through the means of performances and album sales. Charities that Nicholas has worked closely with and supported are the charities Goldenhar Family Support, The Chasely Trust and The Towersey Foundation which aims to provide music therapy in palliative care. Nicholas has since been appointed patron of The Towersey Foundation.