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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.


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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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Riyad is a name to keep a close eye on - Review - King’s Lynn Festival-31 July :

Riyad Nicolas

Lynn Town Hall

The matinee coffee concerts held at Lynn Town Hall during the festival are always enjoyable and very popular and so it has proved again this year.

We are often given the opportunity to hear younger artists who have gone on to become household names in the music world, examples have been, Tom Poster, Freddy Kempff and Guy Johnston.

Riyad Nicolas, is another young musician with a future, and his recent piano recital at the festival gave us the chance to hear this talented young pianist from Syria.

The varied and generous programme included extra items: the last four Fantasiestuke, Op.12 by Schumann and a delightful piece as an encore, Danse de Laila by Dia Succari.

This composer, unknown to me, died in 2010, was influenced by such French composers as Debussy and Ravel, and came from 
Riyad’s home town of Aleppo (sadly more in the news recently for the terrible destruction wrought by the civil war ragin in Syria now).

The recital began with a Scarlatti sonata in Fminor, played in a slightly romantic style and then in Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat, Op.110 and two pieces by Chopin the pianist brought out well the varying moods of the music, passion, intensity and delicacy were all in evidence and his articulation and clarity were especially effective.

I was pleased to hear his account of Chopin’s first Etude Op. 10, a great favourite of mine; short, difficult, but thrilling and romantic, much more than a dry, technical study!

I enjoyed Riyad’s account, and his pedalling was used to good effect.

Riyad has already performed widely and won several international prizes. We will hear more of him.

Andy Tyler

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