The Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer has performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. He has been a soloist with the European Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Chetham's Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Youth Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Amman Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Amman in 1993, Iyad received his first lessons at the age of five from the pianist, conductor and composer Mohammad Sidiq at Jordan's National Music Conservatory. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight with the National Music Conservatory Orchestra. In 2008 he continued his piano studies at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester with Marie Louise Taylor and Dr Murray McLachlan and was the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Dennis Midwood Keyboard Prize and first prize in the Chetham's Concerto Competition.
In 2012, Iyad was awarded a full scholarship to continue studying with Dr Murray McLachlan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. At the RNCM, he was the winner of both the RNCM Concerto Competition and the EPTA Piano Competition and received the Peter Frankl Piano Prize. Having been awarded a full scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, Iyad completed his Master's degree and studied with Martino Tirimo and Peter Tuite. He was the recipient of the David and Margaret Lipsey Award and was the Derek Butler Scholar. Iyad was awarded the Trinity Laban Gold Medal, the college's most prestigious award. In September 2018, Iyad returned to the RNCM to study on the International Artist Diploma course studying with Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo and Graham Scott receiving the FW Wright Piano Scholarship and the Stanley Picker Trust Scholarship.
Recent performances have taken place at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Cathedral and the Stoller Hall where he made his debut on BBC Radio 3; the Laeiszhalle and Steinway-Haus in Hamburg as well as Frankfurt's Bechstein Centrum and the University of Münster, London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Cairo Opera House, Egypt. Future engagements include recitals in Europe and the Middle East, concerto debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the release of his debut disc featuring the solo works of Aram Khachaturian on the Swedish label BIS.