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*A recent review on 1s prize winner concert of Norah Sande Award "Riyad Nicolas" can be found be clicking on Eastbourne review

*In February 2014 Riyad won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Chappell Medal Piano Competition at the Royal College of Music.

*Riyad been awarded a scholarship to do a Master of Performance course starting in September 2013 at the Royal College of Music, studying with Dmitri Alexeev.

"In July 2013 Riyad won the 1st prize in Norah Sande Award Piano Competition and will be performing in Eastbourne and Cambs in the UK as part of the prize. Please go to "Concerts" section for more updates.

* The succes of his Beethoven Emperor Concerto performance with London Chamber Orchestra led to a considerable fund raising for The International Rescue Committe (for Syria) at the UK. Samples of videos can be seen by clicking on VIDEOS

* In February 2012 , Riyad was chosen as one of the Tillett Trust’s Young Artist Platform Scheme. Very recentely in October 2012 he made his debut in Wigmore debut and soon he will be making his debut in Cadogan Hall performing Beethoven 5th Concerto with the London Chamber Orchestra. In addition he will be performing in many prestigious festivals in the UK and also in Spain.

*Riyad is working on his CD recording offer in France – (1st Prize in Francaix International Piano Competition).  * In 29 April 2012, Riyad won 1st Prize in Christopher Duke Piano Recital Competition-UK.

* Riyad’s passion and success in promoting Arabic Contemporary compositions led to an invitation from the Brunel Institue for Contemporary Middle Eastern Music, Arab British Centre and British Arab Exchange Organization amony others.


* Teaching: In addition to Riyad’s performance career, his qualifications include the BMus and LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music. He has extensive teaching experience as an an official previous Piano Teacher in London Music Centre and current piano teacher in Finchley Music School. He has has been teaching privately for many years and will be happy to be contacted for prviate teachings through his email info@riyadnicolas.com


* Concert review after playing in Farley Music Festival on 23rd June 2011.

 

 

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  'Syria's leadingyoung pianist ...A fine account of Debussy's Images Book I ...Jean Francaix work delivered with Galic Charm, and some superb Messiaen.'

International Piano

'...this paragon of pianistic prestidigitation...seeting a new gold standard",

'..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.

'A wonderful blend of intelligence and technical mastery with its huge range of colours and rhythms, deftly negotiated by Riyad with great virtuosity'.

Salisbusy Journal

                                                                              

Riyad NicolasSyria’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 lists First Prize at the Francaix International Piano Competition in Paris and his débuts at Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall in London.

     In September 2013, Riyad began a Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev as a Steinway Scholar supported by a Frederick Johnston Award. There, he also acknowledges the guidance of Vanessa Latarche and Radu Blidar. 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 has participated in masterclasses and was complimented by such musicians as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Lill.

     Riyad has won numerous international prizes and awards including 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, and First Prize with a recording contract at The Francaix International Piano Competition in Paris. He also won Second Prize at the Seiler International Piano Competition in Greece, Educational Award Prize at The London International Piano competition and Top Prize at the 1st Syria National Piano Competition. He was also selected to be a Tillett Trust Young Artist in 2012.

     Riyad made his first appearance as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of ten in Aleppo. Since then, he has performed with many orchestras including the London Chamber Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall, Emirate Symphony Orchestra in Dubai, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra at St. John's Smith Square, the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the new Damascus Opera House, as well as with the Gomidas Chamber Orchestra of Aleppo.

     Riyad has given solo recitals in many prestigious venues in London, including Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, and Leighton House. He has also been invited to perform in numerous UK musical festivals such as Harrogate, Norfolk-Norwich, King’s Lynn, Brighton, Devon, Darlington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lincoln, Crediton, and Eastbourne. Concert performances have also taken him to France, Spain, Switzerland, USA and some Arab States.

     Besides solo performances, Riyad is also a keen chamber music player, and has performed regularly in duos with violin and flute, collaborating with artists including the eminent flautist Wissam Boustany.

Riyad Nicolas is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from the Middle East.

 

*Riyad gratefully acknowledges the support of Said Foundation, Asfari Foundation and Countess of Munster Trust