Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Iyad Sughayer wins Trinity Laban Gold Medal

10:24, 31st January 2018

Pianist Iyad Sughayer has won the 2018 Trinity Laban Gold Medal.

The Jordanian-Palestinian pianist was selected following his performances of ‘Les cloches de Genève’ from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage and the first movement of Khachaturian’s piano sonata at Kings Place, London.

Sughayer is currently studying for an MMus in piano at Trinity Laban under the tutelage of Martino Tirimo and Peter Tuite. He has recently performed at Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the Fields, and Bridgewater Hall, made his Radio 3 debut at Stoller Hall, and has played with the European Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Prague Youth Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include concerto performances with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Jordanian National Orchestra.

This year’s competition was adjudicated by Trinity Laban’s director of music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, and David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms. Both judges paid tribute to the high standard of the performers.

The finalists performing alongside Sughayer were Emily Gray (mezzo-soprano), Ben Vize (jazz saxophone), Jordi Morell (viola), Georgina Bowden (composition), and Ana Estefania Rodriguez Moran (flute).

The annual Gold Medal Showcase celebrates outstanding young Trinity Laban musicians. Competitors are nominated by the heads of each of Trinity Laban’s faculty of music departments for their ‘flair and professionalism’, and all receive a Trinity Laban director’s prize for achievement in recognition.

Previous winners include baritone James Newby, who received Glyndebourne’s prestigious John Christie Award in 2017; Mercury Prize-nominated jazz pianist Elliot Galvin, and soprano Nardus Williams, who last year became a Samling Artist and made her début at Opera Holland Park.

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