EXCEPTIONAL PIANIST Riyad Nicolas will give a recital at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph on Wednesday, March 16 at 7.30pm.
The concert has been arranged by Saddleworth Concerts Society, who over the years have singled out musicians early in their careers before they become sought after performers.
They believe the pianist Riyad Nicolas to be one such person after the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe called his recent performance “a prodigious recital which rose head and shoulders above everything else we have heard this year”.
Riyad was born in Aleppo Syria and graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2011 since when he has given solo recitals in prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall as well as venues in France, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.
He is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from the Middle East and Saddleworth Concerts Society is privileged to be able to hear him play in the area.
The programme will be varied, beginning with Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat major composed in 1800-1801 with a delightful slow movement which quickly takes the listener away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century.
It will be followed by Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit based on three poems. The piece is famous for its difficulty because of its technical challenges and profound musical structure.
After the interval Riyad will be playing two Scarlatti Sonatas followed by The Polonaise Fantasie which is recognised as one of Chopin’s great works standing above some many.
He will complete the recital with the fifth piano sonata by Scriabin who had a major influence on the works of both Stavinsky and Prokoviev.
This programme promises to be most entertaining and memorable and is likely to be very popular so to avoid disappointment book early.
Tickets available by calling 01457 875917 or at the door or book on line at saddleworthconcertssociety.org.uk