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Iyad Sughayer

Iyad Sughayer

He captures the music’s essence with such a close sense of recreative identity that it feels on occasion as though he could be composing it as he goes along. An outstanding debut.

BBC Music Magazine / Khachaturian: Piano Works CD (BIS Records) / March 2020

exhilarating and delivered with perfect clarity ... It’s a release that leaves one eager to hear Sughayer in other repertory while eloquently arguing that Khachaturian’s piano music deserves re-evaluation as something more than teaching pieces.

Gramophone / Khachaturian: Piano Works CD (BIS Records) / February 2020

Solo - Piano


  • Iyad Sughayer - Piano


Sample Programme:

KHACHATURIAN: Poem (1927) 10'

MOZART: Piano Sonata in G, K.283

SCHUMANN: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26


SIBELIUS: Pieces, Op.24 Nos.1-5

CHOPIN: Allegro de concert in A, Op. 46

Programme 2

HAYDN: Piano Sonata No.50 in D, Hob. XVI:37

SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D899, Op.90


BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 'Tempest Sonata'

KHACHATURIAN: Masquerade Suite


Chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by International Piano Magazine, Iyad’s debut album - Khachaturian Piano Works for BIS Records was released in November 2019 to critical acclaim. The album was described by Gramophone as ‘exhilarating and delivered with perfect clarity’ and ‘an outstanding debut’ by BBC Music Magazine.

In 2021 Iyad was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions. At the opening of the 2021/22 season he recorded his second CD for BIS with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Andrew Litton including Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto and Masquerade.

As soloist Iyad has appeared with leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC NOW, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Cairo and Amman Symphony Orchestras.

He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall & Stoller Hall in Manchester (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), Leeds Town Hall, the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Festival Musique D’Abord (France), Steinway Hall (New York), Castleton Festival (Virginia) and Kings Place in London, among many others.

Future engagements include recitals across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Perth Concert Hall, the Brighton, Lammermuir and Lake District Summer Music Festivals. Further afield he makes his debut in the Dubai Opera House, and takes part in the Ibague Festival in Colombia.

In 2020 he contributed to the BBC Arabic documentary ‘London Lockdown’, in which he took part as a character and recorded the soundtrack for the music.

Born in Amman, the Jordanian-Palestinian pianist, Iyad studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he won the College’s prestigious Gold Medal.

He completed his International Artist Diploma at the RNCM in 2019 with Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo and Graham Scott and in the same year became a City Music Foundation Artist. In 2021 he was made an Associate of the Royal Northern College of Music (ARNCM).