A Bridge for Peace: Classical Music Concert

Riyad Nicolas is one of Syria’s leading young classical musicians who builds a bridge between the East and the West through his music. 


On the second day of our 'Celebrating Syria' Festival 2018, 7th October, a musical performance by Riyad Nicolas was hosted at the Stoller Hall, Manchester. Riyad, who is one of Syria’s leading young classical pianists, built in his concert a bridge between East and West with music from Vivaldi, Chopin, Bartók and Mayyas al Yamani, a unique compilation of classics that lit up our Sunday.


Riyad Nicolas

Born in Aleppo in 1989 and dubbed as the “Syria’s leading young pianist” (International Piano Magazine2012), Riyad has already established himself as a leading figure of his generation on the international performing circuit. Among his recent achievements are First Prize at the Francaix International Piano Competition in Paris and his débuts at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall in London. He has performed with many orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Aleppo.


Riyad moved to London in 2005, when he was awarded a scholarship to study at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. In September 2013 he began studying at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev.

Rethink Rebuild Society (RR) is a Manchester-based charity that works towards improving the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in the UK, in particular but not exclusively Syrians, helping them become positively established within British society.

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