Bach Gigue - World Premiere of Stuart and Sons 108 Key Piano (DSD Single) (2019)


Nicholas Young

World Premiere Recording of Stuart & Sons 108 Key, 3-meter Concert Grand Piano in DSD 64 Stereo!

This piano is the only one of its kind in the world and is possibly the finest piano ever built. The instrument resides at the magnificent Beleura House in Mornington, Victoria in Australia.

Music producer and engineer Craig Field from Australia’s Underwood Studio has been working with both Sony Japan and Sony Australia for a number of years in the release of Sony’s new high-resolution microphone products. Underwood Studio recorded the first commercial album using the microphones and performed multiple tests and reviews of these superb recording devices.

Craig Field has also had a long-standing professional relationship recording the complex and extended range piano’s built by the Stuart & Sons manufacturers. The piano is recorded using multiple stereo pairs direct to DSD.

We hope you enjoy this unique sound and the wonderful performance of acclaimed concert pianist Nicholas Young on this unique 108 key piano.


Tip! If you like what you hear, take a look at 'Rare View' performed by the same pianist Nicholas Young on the same piano recorded by the same engineer.

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Nicholas Young

Currently based in Melbourne, Nicholas was born in Sydney and began piano 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. He has since garnered further acclaim as a collaborative pianist, winning First Prize of the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition (Brisbane) as founding member of the double-reeded piano trio Ensemble Françaix.

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.

photo: from artist's website 

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Bach Gigue - World Premiere of Stuart and Sons 108 Key Piano (DSD Single) (2019)


Nicholas Young

Cables: Sommer
Digital Converters: Digital Audio Denmark AX32, Tascam DA 3000
Microphones: Sony C-100
Piano: Stuart & Sons 108 Key, 3-meter Concert Grand Piano
Preamps: DAD AX 32
Producer: Craig Field
Recording Engineer: Craig Field
Recording Location: Beleura House Mansion in Mornington, Victoria, Australia - Recorded Live Direct to DSD 64
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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