Iyad Sughayer at St James`s Piccadilly.
Some remarkable piano playing from this young Jordanian Palestinian pianist student of that remarkable pianist/ teacher Murray McLachlan at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Chethams from a very early age.
Having taken his first lessons at they age of five with Mohammad Sidiq in Amman.
Now just arrived in London to perfect his notable talents with Martino Tirimo for a Masters Degree at Trinity Laban.
A real “lion of the keyboard” made his London entrance today with a programme of Mozart,Liszt and Khachaturian.
A born pianist as was apparent from the moment he sat at the piano .
His poise and elegance in the beautiful early Mozart sonata K.282 was enviable.
The cantabile sound right from the first note showed his musicianly credentials to the full
With this very difficult acoustic though it was difficult to enjoy the intricate details of which the seemingly sparse notes are full.
A slower ,more measured tempo would have allowed us to savour this early masterpiece in more detail.
In fact it was the sound world of Liszt on this very powerful Fazioli ,that allowed Iyad I. Sughayer to demonstrate his notable musicianship.
La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell was given a very majestic performance tightly kept under control.The beautiful Au Lac de Wallenstadt was played with an exquisite cantabile- I just wished we could have heard more of the rippling waves that accompanied the beautiful nocturne like melody.
The Pastorale was played with all the musicianly charm and sense of colour that rarely in Liszt we are treated too.
Let me say immediately that the highlight of the concert for me was undoubtedly the Andante tranquillo second movement of the Khachaturian Sonata.
Such exquisite sounds and sense of balance savoured by the pianist ,one could sense his total identification with this sound world.
The outer movements where his enviable virtuosity did not let us get more than a glance at the real detail of which this work abounds.
More than an enviable impression was not possible at this velocity with the St James `s notorious acoustic against him.
However it was a very impressive visiting card from this young virtuoso that I am sure we will be hearing a lot about in the future