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  • August 2016

    Big Wins from Australian Scholarships

    The Perpetual Trust's Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship and the Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship are widely recognised in Australia as two of the nation's most prestigious and significant awards for pianists, their respective past winners including such eminent compatriots as Zubin Kanga and Jayson Gillham. In an incredible August month, Nicholas was announced as the winner of both prizes, a generous endorsement of his dual commitment to fine contemporary and classical piano performance. Funds will be applied to the commissioning, recording and performing of various new piano works in 2017 as well as ongoing artistic training - further announcements coming soon!

  • March 2016

    Melbourne

    In 2016, Nicholas is delighted to be joining musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music for a year of dynamic solo, chamber and orchestral performances in Melbourne and the greater Melbourne region, with renowned pianist Timothy Young as mentor. In addition, he will commence the first stages of research towards a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of pianist, harpsichordist and music director Dr Erin Helyard.

  • November 2015

    15th Rome International Piano Competition - 3RD PRIZE

    Nicholas has continued a year of outstanding performances in Europe by winning Third Prize in Soloists 'B' of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition, which took place in the calm surroundings of the Cloister of the Church of San Giovanni Battista de" Genovesi. Just a few weeks earlier, his debut performance at the Gasteig delighted audiences in Munich, and Nicholas will appear in the revered concert venue once more in December to conclude his 2015 season. Congratulations to Nicholas!

  • August 2015

    7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition - FINALIST & HONOURABLE MENTION

    Nicholas captured the attentions of Vienna's music-lovers with three recitals consisting of traditional classics (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Schubert and Liszt) as well as the newly-composed 'Illusions' (2014) by Ádám Brandenburg, earning him an Honourable Mention from the 8-member jury. The performances took place in Ehrbar Hall, a stage once graced by such legendary musicians as Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Max Reger and Gustav Mahler.

    This achievement has come shortly after Nicholas' graduation from Masters studies with Distinction and the highest possible grades in June, and is followed later this year by further exciting projects including the European Premiere of Hakan Ulus' Gumu'ah for Oboe and Prepared Piano, and his debut appearance at the Gasteig in Munich.

  • May 2015

    Canberra International Music Festival

    As part of the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival, director Roland Peelman invited local and international pianists, both emerging and established, to present a collective performance of the complete Beethoven sonatas. Rather than ordering the sonatas and concerts chronologically, as is traditional, Peelman devised each individual concert to be chronological in itself, allowing listeners to hear Beethoven's evolution from the early to late style within every session.

    Nicholas rounded off the first day of the three-day series with his interpretation of Beethoven's final Sonata Op. 111, which was met with rapturous audience applause and critical acclaim. Read the official press review here.

  • March 2015

    CD RELEASE - Capricornia: Agnew, Busoni, Carter

    Following its successful launch at the Theme & Variations Piano Showroom in Sydney, Nicholas' debut CD 'Capricornia: Agnew, Busoni, Carter' is now available for digital download and physical order. In this recording, Nicholas immerses himself in the mystical and restless sounds of the early 20th century, with works by the Australian composer Roy Agnew, German-Italian pianist Ferruccio Busoni and the American legend of modernism Elliott Carter - three composers from distant corners of the world, whose lives in music all met at the crossroads of late Romanticism and the dawning Modern age.

  • February 2015

    Recitals: Melbourne, Gisborne, Sydney

    After 17 months abroad, Nicholas is thrilled to be returning briefly to Australia and New Zealand, performing a series of recitals and launching his very new, debut CD 'Capricornia' along the way. The programs will include sonatas by Beethoven and Australian composer Roy Agnew, the music of Ravel, the great Sonata in b minor of Franz Liszt, and popular transcriptions of Schubert's Lieder.

  • July 2014

    European Concerto Debut with the Vienna International Orchestra

    Making his first ever public appearance with a European orchestra, Nicholas performed the Allegro maestoso from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K503 with the Vienna International Orchestra conducted by Michele Santorsola as the headline act of their Orchestra Gala Concert (image above). The event was held in the beautiful church of Schloss Halbturn (Halbturn Palace), situated in the neighbouring regions of Vienna. To view the complete performance, see the Listen section.

Biography

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. Currently based in Melbourne, Nicholas was born in Sydney and began studies there at the age of six with Alison Salkeld, gaining his Associate and Licentiate Diplomas (Australian Music Examinations Board) both with Distinction in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He subsequently studied with Daniel Herscovitch and was awarded his Fellowship Diploma in 2009 at the age of eighteen.

Nicholas pursued further artistic training through the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a recipient of the University of Sydney Outstanding Achievement Scholarship. He graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours and University Medal for his research and performances of Busoni's original compositions for solo piano. Nicholas subsequently undertook Masters studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski, graduating with Distinction (mit Auszeichnung) and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components. In support of this period of study, he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (Instrumental Music Category) in 2014. The esteemed teachers from whom Nicholas has taken masterclasses include Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Lars Vogt, Lang Lang and many others.

Since winning his first medal at the age of six, Nicholas has gained a steadily growing reputation through his appearances in various festivals and competitions. His first major prize as the winner of the 8th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition in 2007 was followed by further important accolades including Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (Keyboard Category), Runner-Up Prize of the 2012 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award and Winner of the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship.

In 2015, Nicholas extended his successes to the international level, receiving that year First Prize and Best Beethoven Performance of the ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition (Soloists 'B'), and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition.

Nicholas has given solo and chamber performances in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the UK in such iconic venues as the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, London Wigmore Hall & Steinway Hall, Munich Gasteig and Vienna Ehrbar Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras, working with international conductors including Nicholas Braithwaite, Vladimir Verbitsky and Edvard Tchivzhel, and his performances have been broadcast by Fine Music FM and ABC Classic FM. In 2014, he was invited to perform with the Vienna International Orchestra as part of the Vienna ConcertoFest concert series. Since 2009, Nicholas has been officially recognised as a Young Steinway Artist.

While maintaining an intense study of the classical repertory, Nicholas has an equally strong interest in promoting the music of today. He has performed in national and/or world premieres of several new solo and ensemble works including Calogero Panvino’s Sonata 101 (2010), Huck Hodge’s Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow) (2010), David Fulmer’s Vor den Morgengrauen (2011), and Kevin Lang’s Amidst marbled silhouettes (2013), as well as performing the music of Roger Smalley, Elliott Carter, Alan Rawsthorne, Olivier Messiaen and the Second Viennese School. In support of his ongoing work in this field, Nicholas was announced as the winner of the Perpetual Trust's 2016 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, enabling the commissioning, recording and performing of further new works for the piano to be released in 2017/2018.

Reviews

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Listen

Performance excerpts from Nicholas' wide repertoire.

Concertos

Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 2

Queensland Performing Arts Center, 2011
with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K503: I. Allegro maestoso

Schloss Halbturn (Austria), 2014
with Vienna International Orchestra, conducted by Michele Santorsola

Paderewski - Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 17

Adelaide Town Hall, 2007
with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 5 in G

Perth Concert Hall, 2009
with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky

Solo

Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in b-flat minor, BWV891 (WTC Bk II)

Solitär (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111

Fitters' Workshop, 2015

Bortkiewicz - Ballade in c-sharp minor, Op. 42

Verbrugghen Hall (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), 2016

Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in b minor, Op. 20

Chapelle Saint Victor, 2015

Cochran - Piano Sonata No. 1

Solitär (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Cziffra - Concert Etude No. 1 'Flight of the Bumblebee' (après Rimsky-Korsakov)

Eastbank Auditorium, 2016

Hodge - Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow)

Eugene Goossens Hall, 2010

Liszt - Sonata in b minor

Solitär (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Panvino - Sonata 101

Recital Hall West (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), 2010

Schoenberg - Suite for Piano, Op. 25: IV. Intermezzo

Bösendorfersaal (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Schumann - Sonata No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2012

Scriabin - Sonata No. 9 'Black Mass'

Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, 2011

Shostakovich - Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in D-flat

Kleines Studio (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Smalley - Barcarolle

Bösendorfersaal (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2014

Thalberg - Fantasy on Rossini's 'Moses in Egypt', Op. 33

Kleiner Konzertsaal (Gasteig), 2015

Chamber & Ensemble

Haydn - Piano Trio in C Major, XV/27: III. Presto

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, 2010

Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57: III. Scherzo

Solitär (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Ulus - Gumu'ah

Kleines Studio (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), 2015

Research

Theses, Conference Papers and Journal Articles authored by Nicholas

Fantastic Fragments: German Romanticism through Modern Ears

Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology, Vol. 1 No. 1
Sydney, 2011

James MacMillan: Piano Concerto No. 3 'The Mysteries of Light'

Conference Papers
Dublin, Aberdeen & York, 2014

Liszt, Messiaen, MacMillan: Three Paths to the Sacred Piano Concerto

Masters Thesis
Salzburg, 2015

The New Aesthetic: Stylistic Transition in Busoni's Pianoforte Works of 1903-1909

Bachelor Honours Thesis
Sydney, 2013

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