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.
Alongside formal training, Nicholas has taken masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Lars Vogt and Lang Lang, among others.
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, and in 2017 he was semifinalist of the 3rd Australian International Chopin 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 Vienna International Orchestra, 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 for pianistic training without stylistic barriers, Nicholas combines pedagogical principles from classical and jazz traditions to mould learning paths uniquely fitted to the interests and tastes of each student, whether pursuing exam success or independent musical discovery, and believes in the power of music to facilitate physical, emotional and intellectual development at any stage of life.
For more information visit, www.nicholasyoungpiano.com.
Nicholas is currently available to teach on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.