The Syrian born pianist Riyad Nicolas was the Educational Award winner in the 2005 London International Piano Competition. This enabled h...
The Syrian born pianist Riyad Nicolas was the Educational Award winner in the 2005 London International Piano Competition. This enabled him to study at the Purcell School and later at the Royal Academy of Music with Sulamita Aronovsky graduating in 2011. His successes include top prizes in the Seiler (Greece) and Jean Francaix (Paris) International Piano Competitions. In the UK, Riyad gave concerts at such venues as St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James's Piccadilly, Leighton House Museum as well as at the Norfolk/Norwich and Harrogate Festivals. He also gave concerto performances with the Chamber Orchestra in Aleppo, the Syrian National Orchestra in Damascus, the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London and the Emirate Symphony Orchestra in the Gulf. In 2012, Riyad has been chosen to be represented by the Tillett Trust's Young Artists' Platform and in 2013/13 will perform at Wigmore Hall, London, and internationally in Switzerland and Spain.