Age: 31 | Country: Syria/U.K.

Riyad Nicolas is an International Syrian British Pianist and a Multi-Prize Winner, who has been complimented by artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Uchida Mitsuko. His recent débuts included the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Alert Hall, the Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, St John Smith Square and St James’s Piccadilly in London, the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester and the Kennedy Centre and the Chicago Cultural Central in the USA. He is regularly invited to perform at prestigious societies in the UK and has already performed in over 80 societies including the Chopin and Beethoven societies and many orchestras such as London Chamber Orchestra and Young Symphony Musician Orchestra. In addition, his performances took him to many cities in Switzerland, France, Spain, Paris, Malta, Holland, Germany, Genève, the Gulf and Syria. Among his recent achievements he lists the First Prize at the Norah Sande Award (UK), Francaix (France) and Liszt Ference (Budapest) International Piano Competitions.


Preliminary Round:
C. Czerny: Étude Op. 740 No. 31
F. Chopin: Étude Op. 25 No. 11

Semifinal Round:
F. Schubert: Sonata D. 664
F. Schubert/F. Liszt: from 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert
– Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To sing on the water)
– Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the spinning-wheel)

Final Round:
F. Schubert: Sonata D. 894