Nicholas McCarthy Piano Lecture Recitals One Hand, One War, One City and Nicholas McCarthy: My Story   - 無限亮 No Limits

His amazing display of prowess, stamina and determined energy was nothing but dazzling.

– The Times, Malta

Nicholas McCarthy McCarthy was born without his right hand but this has not stopped him from conquering the heights of the music world. Taking up piano at the age of 14, he became the first left-hand-only pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in London.

Along the way, he battled doubters and negativity. Now, as well as being a world-class pianist, he is also a motivational speaker, sharing his unique experience with audiences around the world.

McCarthy will give two lecture recitals, one describing the 200-year history of piano repertoire written for the left hand, and another that tells his own remarkable story, featuring works by some of the greatest composers of classical music, including Strauss, Bartók, Rachmaninoff, and a newly commissioned piece by Julie Cooper. (Beyond the online programme, there is a live concert of 2 left-hand Concertos by Nicholas McCarthy to be held in the 2022 “No Limits”! Stay tuned!)

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear a great musician and learn more about the amazing practice of left hand pianism.

Online Programme

Registration starts on: 9 Feb 2021 (Tue) 10am
Available from: 8 Mar 2021 (Mon) 10am — 31 Mar 2021 (Wed) 11pm
Approx 45 mins for each Lecture Recital, conducted in English with Chinese and English subtitles

  • Hong Kong Sign Language Interpretation

One Hand, One War, One City

Bach / Gounod / Wittgenstein
Ave Maria
Prelude and Nocturne in G minor for Left Hand, Op 9
Chaconne in D minor

Nicholas McCarthy: My Story

Richard Strauss / Mann
“Morgen” Op 27, No 4
Rachmaninoff / McCarthy
Prelude in G minor Op 23, No 5
Etude for the Left Hand
Julie Cooper
Galilean Moons

Arranging and Composing for Left Hand Piano

Nicholas McCarthy in conversation with Julie Cooper

Nicholas McCarthy Piano Masterclass

Nicholas McCarthy was the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 135-year history. He has toured the world to critical acclaim. McCarthy has also devoted himself to music education, encouraging young people to appreciate classical music. In this masterclass, he will teach piano techniques and share ideas with four young local pianists. All four pianists come from different backgrounds, with varying experiences of learning piano. Two of them are visually impaired while the other two have participated in international competitions. A unique experience, not to be missed!

Available on the “No Limits” website
15/3 10am – 31/3 11pm
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Conducted in English with Chinese and English subtitles

Sanders Lau

Venue and Technical Support: Tom Lee Music

Co-presented by

Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Strategic Supporting Partner

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