At 23, pianist Nicholas McCarthy has released his own album, received the International AMI Award for creative excellence in music, and come Friday, will play in the offices of the prime minister of Malta.
McCarthy, by the way, was born without a right hand.
Inspired by a Beethoven sonata, McCarthy started piano lessons when he was 14 at his home in Tadworth, Britain, and three years later, was accepted to London’s Guild Hall School of Music and Drama.
McCarthy recently became the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in London, and is on the verge of a career as an international performer after wowing professionals and crowds with his seamless playing.
But critics weren’t always so kind: When he was a teenager, music school officials denied him an audition, citing his disability.