Riyad Nicolas

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Riyad Nicolas is a Syrian British pianist. Born in Aleppo, he is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from the Middle East, and has been praised by renowned musicians like Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Uchida Mitsuko.

Nicolas made his first appearance as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of ten in Aleppo. Since then, he has performed with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall, Emirates Symphony Orchestra in Dubai, the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the new Damascus Opera House. He has also given solo recitals in many prestigious venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, St. James’s Piccadilly, and Leighton House in London, as well as concert performances in venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington and Chicago Cultural Center, Yehudi Menuhin Forum in Switzerland and other performing venues in France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Malta, the GCC, Lebanon and Syria.

Besides solo performances, Riyad is also a keen chamber music player, and has performed regularly in duos with violin and flute, collaborating with artists including the flautist Wissam Boustany and the Violinist Levon Cilingirian.

Through music Riyad has been promoting peace and raising awareness for the plight of the Syrian people and performing for many organisations such as UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, the Arab British Centre, Said and Asfari Foundation.
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Celebrating Kahlil Gibran

Celebrating Kahlil Gibran

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 20:00-22:30Venue: Al Baraha III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: ArabicSession No: 41 
AED 350
Join us to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Gibran Kahlil Gibran’s birth and t... Read More
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Desert Stanzas

Desert Stanzas

Date/Time: Wednesday 1 February 2023 19:30-21:00Venue: Desert Camp, Caravanserai, Exit 29, Jebel Ali, Lehbab Rd, Dubai
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 1 
AED 425
The iconic Desert Stanzas returns this year! As the Festival’s signature event, ... Read More
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When East Meets West: A Mariela Shaker & Riyad Nicolas Concert

When East Meets West: A Mariela Shaker & Riyad Nicolas Concert

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 21:30-22:30Venue: Al Riwaq II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 169 
AED 75 - AED 100
Join internationally acclaimed musicians Mariela Shaker and Riyad Nicolas for a ... Read More
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