Nicholas Young | Pianist


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With a passion for both classical and modern piano performance, Nicholas Young is emerging as one of Australia's most captivating and versatile young musicians. Highlights of the 2015 season included performances in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Villecroze, Melbourne, Gisborne (New Zealand), Sydney, and Canberra, and the winning of prizes and accolades at the 'Grand Prize Virtuoso' Music Competition (London), 7th Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition (London), 1st Cochran International Piano Competition and 15th Rome International Piano Competition.

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Nicholas has been announced as winner of two of Australia's most prestigious awards, the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship and Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Scholarship.

The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, established by pianist-composer Michael Kieran Harvey from the bequest of the late Sus...

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Short Profile

NameYoung, Nicholas
Date of Birth1991-02-10
Born inAustralia, Oceania
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German 
attended UniversitiesUniversität Mozarteum Salzburg, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

CD Review - Capricornia: Agnew, Busoni, Carter
2015-10-01 Limelight Magazine,
"It is to be hoped that Young's commanding performance will lead to more Agnew in concert programmes. [...] It's a thoughtful programme, handled with consummate skill, virtuosity and panache. 4.5 stars."
(Lisa MacKinney)
REVIEW from 2015-10-01  
CD Review - Capricornia: Agnew, Busoni, Carter
2015-04-01 Fine Music Magazine,
"A treat for piano enthusiasts and modern romantics, Young travels through piano works by Roy Agnew, Ferruccio Busoni & Elliott Carter. [...] Young dances through the technically-demanding works with great style. [...] With his technically-precise playing and beautiful feel for phrasing, Young's Capricornia is a stunning collection of his performances. 5 stars."
(Katherine Ly)
REVIEW from 2015-04-01  
2016-05-07 The Australian,
""Young milks every last drop of post-Romantic intensity""
REVIEW from 2016-05-07  
2016-07-01 Fanfare Magazine,
""A crepuscular scene in sound. Young's achievement is his ear for layering textures ... he convinces the listener that his is the way.""
(Colin Clarke)
REVIEW from 2016-07-01  
Liszt - Sonata in b minor
Nicholas Young, piano
Solitär, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
15 June 2015 
2016-02-01 Gramophone Magazine,
""Unquestionably commands ... with authority and skill""
(Jed Distler)
REVIEW from 2016-02-01  
Bortkiewicz - Ballade in c-sharp minor, Op.42
Nicholas Young, piano
Sydney International Piano Competition - Australian Showcase
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music | July 7, 2016 
Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G
Nicholas Young, piano | Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 2011
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, Grand Final

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Sigismund Thalberg - Fantasy on Rossini's "Moses in Egypt", Op. 33
Nicholas Young, piano
Kleiner Konzertsaal, München Gasteig
Beethoven sonatas kick off the Canberra International Music Festival (Extract)
2015-05-02 Canberra CityNews, Canberra

The highlight of the two concerts, for me, was the Op 111, Beethoven's very last piano sonata, written in 1822, five years before his death and when he was totally deaf. Nicholas Young seemed totally immersed in the mind of Beethoven, with a wonderfully expressive performance, full of heart-felt passion and a technique to die for. He handled the many moods in the two quite long movements with great assuredness, producing a very convincing result.

(Clinton White)
REVIEW from 2015-05-02  
Performance Shot
L.v. Beethoven - Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111
Nicholas Young, piano
Kaulbachvilla, Munich
München Pianistenclub

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Hakan Ulus - Gumu'ah (for oboe and prepared piano) (2015)
Melanie Rothman, oboe
Nicholas Young, piano

Kleines Studio, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
28 October 2015

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'Breathtaking' concert performance by pianist Nicholas Young
2013-03-05 Cooma-Monaro Express, Cooma-Monaro
"The latest concert presented by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council was held on Sunday afternoon at St. Paul's Hall.

It was much appreciated and enjoyed by the large audience.

The concert featured the young Sydney pianist, Nicholas Young, who has won various awards.

He is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

HIs program included music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Busoni and as an encore, a breathtakingly fast performance of Rimsky Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee".
REVIEW from 2013-03-05  
Witches, bastards, whirlwinds and clouds: A snapshot from Preliminary Round 1 Concert 2 of the Sydney International Piano Competition
2016-07-08 Limelight Magazine,
"The concert began with an Australian Showcase performance by Melbourne pianist Nicholas Young, who played Serge Bortkiewicz's brooding and passionate Ballade in C Sharp Minor Op. 42 on the Fazioli piano, treating the audience to wonderfully florid technique and pianistic beauty - and this was just the warm-up act!"
(Angus McPherson)
REVIEW from 2016-07-08