PLAYING PIANO: IT’S MY FORTE
AYESHA Gough is not your typical classical musician – she has an afro, wears bold makeup and colourful outfits and has a quirky personality.
The 22-year-old Banora Point pianist is heading to Italy to start her postgraduate study after being awarded a place at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola.
Raised by grandmother Janet Gough, Miss Gough recalls being given a toy piano as a toddler, setting her on her musical pathway.
Miss Gough has been learning piano for 17 years and spends up to six hours a day on the keys.
“You bring your own style (to classical music),” she said.
“It is a vocation, not a job – it is your whole life.
“I’d like to think my point of difference is that I look different, I like to wear bright outfits, I like to talk to people when I am on stage.
“I try not to be uptight (on stage) like typical pianists.”
Ayesha will perform her final concert before leaving for Italy at the Music Appreciation Group’s Afternoon Piano Recital on at 2.30pm on Sunday, November 19, at Aveo Robina, 1 Glenside Dr, Robina.
Pianist Ayesha Gough, 22, from Banora Point is headed to Italy to study at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale.