Australian pianist and Young Steinway Artist Nicholas Young completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Daniel Herscovitch at Sydney Conservatorium in 2013 with First Class Honours and University Medal, and graduated from Master Solo Piano with Distinction at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in 2015, studying with Claudius Tanski. He is currently continuing studies with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music. Alongside formal training, Nicholas has taken masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Lars Vogt, Lang Lang and many other esteemed teachers.
Nicholas’s first major prize as winner of the 8th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition in 2007 was followed by further accolades including Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards (Keyboard Category), Runner-Up Prize of the 2012 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, and Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award.
In 2015, Nicholas extended his successes to the international level, receiving 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. In 2016, Nicholas appeared as guest performer in the Australian Showcase of the Sydney International Piano Competition.
Nicholas has regularly given recitals throughout Australia and Europe. He has appeared as soloist in concertos with the West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras and his performances have been broadcast by Fine Music FM and ABC Classic FM. In 2014, Nicholas was invited to perform with the Vienna International Orchestra as part of the Center for Musical Excellence’s Vienna ConcertoFest.
A strong advocate of new music, Nicholas 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), Kevin Lang’s Amidst marbled silhouettes (2013) and Hakan Ulus’ Gumu’ah (2015) and Alaq (2015).