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* 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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Eastbourne Herald, 7 February 2014 :


Every Note mattered for  talented pianist 

 

Eastbourne is fortunate to have had some generous donors in the cultural and statistic spheres. One such was Norah Sande and the award named after her involves an annual competition for pianists, aged 18 to 25, who are put through their paces before well-qualified adjudicators.

  Each year's winner receives a cash prize, and is offered a recital before an Eastbounre audience. Those placed second and third also receive cash prizes.

  The Artisitc Director of the award is Spencer Freeman, MBE, and the recital details handled by he friends of the Towner, under their chairman Elizabeth Muir-Lwis. The 2013 winner was Syrian-born Riyad Nicolas, who had studies at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music in London and is already establishing a considerable reputation.

  His recital took place at the Birley Centre and it was clear from his chosen programme we were in for some fireworks; but it soon became evident he is a musician rather than simply a technical wizard.

  The opening movement of Beethoven’s Opus 100 Sonata is marked “cantabile molto espressivo”. The singing tone was there for sure, and so was an expressive emotional involvement that ran right through his recital.

  Even Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, widely regarded as terrifyingly difficult to bring off, was infused with subtleties of balance and tempo so delightful that I found myself purchasing his DVD at the interval: something I do very seldom.

  And this proved a revelation, for some items on it featured in his recital. When I played it through on returning home I was impressed, but there was no doubt in my mind his interpretative depths had developed further in the months between the recordings and our live performance.

  After the interval it was all Chopin: Four Mazurkas, a Scherzo, A Ballade and three studies. Here too the performances were distinctly personal ,as if Nicolas was revisiting Chopin before our very eyes. No matter I found one Mazurka different from the sound I carry in my head: I relish difference provided it has purpose;  and nothing Nicolas played was left to chance.

  He had thought about every note,and become deeply involved with their messages, which is why we all knew we were in at the start of a great career.

  One Study (advertised as Opus 10, No. 25) initially led me to think he had discovered a hidden manuscript, but I suspect it was in fact Opus 25, NO.11. What ever its label, the dazzling scales and arpeggios were so impressive we demanded, and received, an encore: a sensitive Chopin waltz.

  This year;'s competition is only July 5.6. The rounds on July 5 begin 9:30 am , entry fee, and the three final recitals on July 6 can be seen for Just £10. Don;t miss any of it.

 

Robin Gregory