Autumn recital 2021 -
Iyad Sughayer - piano

17/10/2021, 3pm


Piano: Iyad Sughayer

Haydn: Sonata in F, No 38, Hob. XVI.23; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2, The Tempest; Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite

We're pleased to announce that booking for our autumn event in Thaxted Parish Church on Sunday 17 October at 3pm is now open.

The event will take the form of a recital by the brilliant young pianist Iyad Sughayer, who has received much critical acclaim and looks destined for a great future. We are pleased to continue Thaxted Festival's tradition of supporting young emerging musical talent!

The recital will last around an hour, and will be followed by tea, coffee, and Thaxted Festival’s renowned home-made cakes, which are included in the ticket price. Seating will be unreserved, and doors will open at 2.30. The event will end by 5.00pm.

We look forward to seeing you again in October. Further down the page is some background on our soloist and a link to his website.

Please note: if you need to contact us over your booking, please email, as the office answerphone is checked infrequently outside our season.

Tickets: £17 unreserved. (A £3 booking fee will be added to the total order.)

Iyad Sughayer

About our soloist

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. This autumn he records 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, 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), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Festival Musique D’Abord (France), Steinway Hall (New York), Castleton Festival (Virginia) and Kings Place in London, among many others.

Recent highlights include an invitation to contribute 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 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 2019 became a City Music Foundation Artist.

Iyad Sughayer is an inaugural YCAT Concordia Artist. Read more about him and hear his work at: