Nicholas Yonge Society

Chamber Music in Lewes

Riyad Nicolas piano

Programme

Bach Prelude and Fugue in C major book 2, No.1
Beethoven Sonata Op. 110
Chopin Ballade No. 4
Liszt Grandes Études de Paganini No. 6
Scarlatti 2 Sonatas K. 466 and K. 455 
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
Ligeti Fanfares

Riyad Nicolas “Syria’s leading young pianist” (International Piano Magazine 2012) was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1989, and has already established himself as a leading figure of his generation on the international performing circuit. Among his recent achievements he highlights First Prize at the Francaix International Piano Competition in Paris and his débuts at the Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall in London but he has also won First Prize at the Norah Sande Award in the UK, the Christopher Duke Recital Prize in the UK, the Ciutat de Carlet International Piano Competition in Spain.

In June 2015, Riyad graduated with a distinction in a Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music, studying with Dmitri Alexeev and Vanessa Latarche, as a Steinway Scholar supported by a Frederick Johnston Award. Riyad first came to London in 2005 when he was awarded a two-year scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music with Sulamita Aronovsky, continuing to work with her at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated in 2011.

 '..he had given a prodigious recital which rose head and shoulders above everything else we have heard this year','...every aspect of his performance...melding all together into an indissoluble unity of conception.' Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

Note: At 6.30 pm there will be a pre-concert talk.  Details here.

Visit Riyad Nicolas's website.

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