FREE Lunchtime Concert St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series: Iyad Sughayer (Piano)
Representing the Embassy of Jordan
Mozart – 12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je Maman”
Liszt – Années de pèlerinage: Première année: Suisse
Iyad Sughayer Piano
The Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most promising young artists. Iyad has already performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. He has been a soloist with many orchestras including the European Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Youth Orchestra and the Cairo and Amman Symphony Orchestras. Born in Amman in 1993, Iyad received his first lessons at the age of five from the pianist, conductor and composer Mohammad Sidiq at Jordan’s National Music Conservatory. He made his first concerto appearance at the age of eight with the National Music Conservatory Orchestra.
In 2008, he continued his piano studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Iyad has since been the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Dennis Midwood Keyboard Prize and first prize in the Chetham’s Concerto Competition. In 2012, Iyad was awarded a full scholarship to study with the distinguished Scottish pianist Dr. Murray McLachlan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During his time at the RNCM, Iyad was the winner of both the RNCM Concerto Competition and the EPTA Piano Competition and received the Peter Frankl Piano Prize as well as second prize in the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition. Having been awarded a full scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, Iyad is currently completing his masters degree studying with the acclaimed pianists Martino Tirimo and Peter Tuite. He is the recipient of the Derek Butler Award.
Iyad’s wide repertoire includes works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, Medtner, Schumann, Chopin as well as some unfairly neglected composers such as Khachaturian, Bechara El-Khoury and John McLeod. His most recent performances have taken place in notable concert halls such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Bath Pump Rooms together with London venues including the Reform Club, Steinway Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly and the laieszhalle, Steinway Hall and Augustinum Hamburg.