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*In September 2018 Riyad started teaching at the Beethoven Music School in London.

*In August 2018 Riyad won the Grand Slam/ First Prize at the International Liszt Ference Piano Competition. 

*In December 2017 Riyad won the mid-day Manchester audition and will be making his debut at the Birdgwater Hall in Manchester in 2018-2019. 

 *Riyad has recentely been invited to teach Piano at the Junior Department of Guildhall School of Music from September 2017.

*In April 2017 Riyad won the Gold Medal at the Berliner International Piano Competition and will be presented by Manhattan Concert Artists. 

* New Video recording of a Syrian Compositions  by Kareem Roustom and Chopin Nocturne Op.9, No. 3 can be found at VIDEOS

* ITV Border interview Riyad about Syria before performing for Carlisle Music Society and video can be found at VIDEOS

 *In August 2016, Riyad has been sellected as one of 24 finalists to complete at the Busoni International Piano Competition in August 2017.

*In June 2015 The Countess of Munster Trust has exceptionally sellected Riyad as an artist for a 2nd year. He will be giving regular solo recitals  at many prestigious music socities at the UK and abroad, including some concerto performances with orchestras during the next season 2015-2017.

 *In June 2015 Riyad graduated with distinction in Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music .

* Recent reviews from Sunderalnd amd Cockermouth Societies can be found be clicking on Sunderland or Cockermouth

*In June 2014 Riyad has been selected as an artist at The Couness of Munster Concert Scheme.

 *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 success of his Beethoven Emperor Concerto performance with London Chamber Orchestra led to a considerable fund raising of over £150000 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

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Concerts :
Concerts 2019

Date Location Programme
11 January 2019 ,
  7:30 pm

Organized by "Hexam and District Music Society " 

 To include Beethoven Sonata Op.27, No. 1 and Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
 1 February 2019 ,
  1 pm

 The Bridgwater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS


"Manchester Mid-day series"  


 To include Beethoven Sonata Op.27, No. 1 and Scriabin Sonata No. 5
 2-9 April 2019 ,

 Knox College, 2 East South St, Galeburg, IL 61401 , USA



 to include some masterclasses, solo and Chamber Music Concerts
  26 April 2019 ,
  1:00 pm

 St Barnabas church, North Ealing, W5 1QL



 To include some works by Tchaikovsky
  27 April 2019 ,
  1:00 pm

 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival



 To include some works by Tchaikovsky
  12 June 2019 ,
  7:30 pm

 Cadogan Hall, London,5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9DX



 To include some works by All Succari and Liszt
  18 June 2019 ,
  7:00 pm

 All Saints' Church Farley, Salisbury,SP5 1AH



 To include some works by Beethoven, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and others
  21 September 2019 ,
  1:00 pm

 Queen's Hall Arts Centre, 1-2 Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3LZ

"Hexham and Distrcit Music Society Music Society "  


 To include Brahms Variations on a theme by Paganini Book 1 and other major works by Chopin and Schumann
  16 October 2019 ,
  7:30 pm

 The Assembly Hall, King's Lynn Town Hall, Norfolk, PE30 0DQ

"King's Lynn Music Society "  


 To include Beethoven Sonata Op.27, No. 1
  6 November 2019 ,
  7:30 pm

 Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Center, York St, Clitheroe, BB7 2DJ



 To include some works by Chopin
Concerts 2020
Date Location Programme
 2 February 2020 ,
  3 pm

 The Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Bideford, EX39 2AN 1ES



 To include some Classical and Romantic compositions
 20 May 2020 ,
  7 pm

 The Drawing Room at the Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES



 To include some Classical and Romantic compositions
Concerts 2018
Date Location Programme
5 February 2018 ,
  1 pm

 St Lawrence Jewry Guildhall Yard London EC2V 5AA



 To include Schumann Fantasiesctucke Op. 12 
6 July 2018 ,
  7:30 pm

  Aegean Arts Festival, Crete, Greece


  To include works by Beethoven and Liszt 
 10 July 2018 ,
  2 pm

 St Mary's Perivale Church, Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS



 To include Schumann Fantasiestucke Op. 12
15 July 2018 ,
  2:30 pm

  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Pl, Hamspstead, London NW3 1NG

Organized by "Musicians for Peace and Disatmament" 

 To include works by Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel 
     25 September 2018 ,
  7:30 pm

 Sunderland Pottery Room,   Museum and Winter Gardens, Burden Road, Sunderland.

"The Sunderland Pianoforte Society" http://sunderlandpianofortesociety.org/


 To include Schumann Fantasiestucke Op.12
 7  October 2018 ,
  7:30 pm

Staller Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Lonf Millgate, Manchester M3 1DA  


  Progrmme to include Chopin Sonata No. 3
  October 2018 ,
  7:30 pm

Ripon Cathedral, Minster Road, Ripon HG4   "Ripon Cathedral Concert Society-UK"" http://www.riponconcerts.co.uk/



 To include Chopin Sonata No. 3
Concerts 2017

Date Location Programme
21  January 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

 Central Hall, Dolphin Centre, Horse Market, Darlington, DL1 5RP

"Darlington Music Society ; http://www.dms.btck.co.uk/

27  January 2017 ,
  7:45 pm

 Sussex Downs College, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XH

"Nicholas Yonge Society; http://nyslewes.org.uk/

 8 February 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

 The Methodist Chrurch, High Street, Bideford

" Bideford Music Club"  http://www.eduncan.biz/BMClub/

4  March 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

 The Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3HB

"The Berkhamsted Music Society ; http://www.berkhamstedmusic.co.uk/

9 March 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

 The Salvation Army Hall, Church Street, Louth, LN11 9BS

"Louth and District Music Society " http://www.louthmusic.org.uk/   


  16 March 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

  The Gateway (Town Hall), Fore Street, Seaton, Devon EX12 2LD

"Seaton Music Concerts"                             http://www.seatonmusic.org/


18  March 2017 ,
  7:45 pm

 St Wilfrid's Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3QH

"Haywards Heath Music Society ; http://www.haywardsheathmusicsociety.org.uk/

 14 June 2017 ,

 Riverhouse, Manor Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF


 27 June 2017 ,

  St Mary's Perivale Church, Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS


 9 July 2017 ,
  6 pm

  King's Chapel, Cambridge CB2 1ST



 12 July 2017 ,
  5 pm

  Milton Court,Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH


20 till 30 Agusut 2017 ,

 Busoni International Pinano Competition


2 October 2017 ,

  Batiment des Forces Motrices - Geneve

"UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony"



  Arabic compositions with Mariela Shaker for Violin and Piano
  22 October 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

  University of Balamand, Lebanon

"" http://www.balamand.edu.lb/main/Pages/default.aspx/


 Solo Piano Compositions by Chopin, Brahms and Al Succari
  3 November 2017 ,
  7:30 pm

  Nicosia, Cyprus

  "Duet for Violin and Piano with Levon Chilingirian"


Apkarian Sonata

Beethoven Spring Sonata No.5, Op. 24

Concerts 2016

Date Location Programme
 30 January 2016 ,
  12 pm

      Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TJ

6 February 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 St Mary's Church Hall, Church Way, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4EG

"Iffley Music Society " http://iffleymusicsociety.org.uk/

21 February 2016 ,
  3 pm

 York Street Methodist Church Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1TB

"Broadstaris Music Recital Society " http://www.broadstairsmusic.org.uk/

10 March 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 The Salvation Army Hall, Church Street, Louth, LN11 9BS

"Louth and District Music Society " http://www.louthmusic.org.uk/   


16 March 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 Millgate Arts Centre, Stoneswood Road, Delph OL5 3DY

"Saddleworth Concerts Society" http://saddleworthconcertssociety.org.uk/   


21 March 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 Churchgate Meeting House,Churchgate Street,Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk,IP33 1RH

"Bury St Edmunds Concert Club " http://http://buryconcertclub.co.uk//   


2 April 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 St Peter Church St, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 2

"Burnley and Pendle Music Conert Society" http://www.boulsworth.co.uk/musicsoc/index.htm

13 April 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 Yehudi Menuhin Forum, 22-05-2012, Bern - Switzerland

"Syrian Expact Philharmonic Orchestra" https://www.facebook.com/Syrian-Expat-Philharmonic-Orchestra-SEPO-108858616125496/?pnref=story;

 Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor K. 466
  22 April 2016 ,

 The May Fair Hotel, 7-17 Stratton St. London W1J 8LT

"Syria Relief "  https://www.syriarelief.org.uk/

An evening in aid of Syrian Orphans of live visual art combined with piano music featuring the Artist Kevork Mourad and the Pianist Riyad Nicolas


The programme will include some unique Armenian, Syrian and French piano compositions. For tickets click on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soundscape-tickets-23314324773?aff=ebrowse


  16 June 2016 ,

 St Margaret The Queen Church. Buxted Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4AY

"Uckfiled Music Club "  http://uckfieldnews.com/




25 June 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 Todmorden Town Hall , UK

"Todmorden Symphoney Orchestra "

 Ravel Concerto in G major
17 August 2016 ,
  12:15 pm

  Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center.Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets  

" Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series" http://www.imfchicago.org/hess/main


  12 September 2016 ,
  7:30 pm
St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst, SO42 7SP
 "Brockesnhurt Music Society" http://brockenhurstmusicsociety.co.uk/Home.html


 27 Septeber2016 ,
  7:30 pm

       Talent Unlimited Concert

 27 October 2016 ,
  7:30 pm

 St. Cuthbert’s Church, Black Friar Street, CA3 8UF, Carlisle

" Carlisle Music Society"  http://www.carlislemusicalsociety.co.uk/

4 December 2016 ,
  3 pm

 St. John's Road Stansted Essex CM24 8JP

"Music@stansted" http://www.musicatstansted.co.uk/