TOP TALENT: Former Tweed girl Ayesha Gough will compete in the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition.
TOP TALENT: Former Tweed girl Ayesha Gough will compete in the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. Contributed

Ayesha’s sights set on Sydney

A GOOD share of talent and lots of hard work have again paid off for former Tweed pianist Ayesha Gough.

The young talent, who is in her final year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium, recently passed a gruelling audition to secure a place in the world-renowned Sydney International Piano Competition.

The competition, held in Sydney in July, will see the best pianists from around the world – including the far-flung nations of Russia, the Ukraine and Sweden – converge to put their skills to the test. Ayesha is one of just three Australians who will compete in this year’s competition.

“I’ve been practising a lot and will be having a lot of concerts over the next couple of months,” Ayesha said.

“There will be a lot of pressure that I haven’t come up against before.”

She said it was hugely valuable to have a competition of this calibre in Australia.

“It’s really great that there’s that level of competition in Australia because it’s such a renowned competition all over the world,” she said.

Ayesha will perform at the Queensland Conservatorium at South Bank from 6pm this Friday.



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