PREPARING for the HSC is enough for any student to contend with.
But piano prodigy Ayesha Gough from Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is also gearing up for a piano recital in the chapel at Lindisfarne on August 29.
Ayesha is a student of the Young Conservatorium, studying under Oleg Stepanov and has received composition lessons from Gerard Brophy and theory lessons from Julie Kirchhubel.
In her music studies, she has achieved award with distinction in her AMEB Licentiate Piano Exam and a high distinction in 6th grade theory.
Having won many prestigious awards including the Norma Baird Bach Prelude and Fugue Competition at the Young Conservatorium, the Brisbane Eisteddfod Scholarship, the G.H. Stainlay Musical Scholarship at the Murwillumbah Eisteddfod and the Open Section in the MTAQ Queensland Piano Competition, she has her sights set on fame.
In both 2009 and 2010, Ayesha performed at the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music.
Last year, Ayesha competed in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in which she was a finalist, receiving the opportunity to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
At this competition, she was placed fourth and won the award for the Best Performance of an Australian work.
Ayesha came to live with her grandmother when she was nine months old from Darwin.
With the support of Variety, The Children's Charity, she has attained her many outstanding achievements.
Tracey Kriz, director of creative arts at Lindisfarne, said it had been an "absolute delight" to have Ayesha as one of her students.
"Her work ethic, mentoring of other students, kind demeanour and commitment to Lindisfarne are to be commended.
"We know that Ayesha is following a path of excellence on her journey toward her dreams of being a concert pianist and we wish her every success, the best of luck and love from us all at Lindisfarne."
Ayesha will perform in the round at an intimate recital in the chapel at Lindisfarne School on Wednesday, August 29, commencing at 7pm.
Feature works include Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and her favourite, Chopin.
Tickets are $25 and are available at lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.
Limited tickets will be available at the door.
Complimentary champagne and canapes will be served from 6.30pm.