Ayesha Gough 2014

Ayesha Gough on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

High hopes for Jeremy So and Ayesha Gough in the Sydney international piano competition


Congratulations to Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Jeremy So and Ayesha Gough, who are among 32 musicians from around the world battling it out in the Sydney International Piano Competition this year.

The selected 32 pianists, picked from a pool of 283 applicants, will compete from July 6 to 23 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney Opera House. 

Hong Kong-born Jeremy, from Dulwich Hill, and Ayesha Gough, from Queensland, will be vying for the winning tittle on stage alongside fellow Australian competitor Daniel Le. 

Jeremy, 25, won the Sydney Eisteddfod KAWAI Piano Award in 2013 and he also beat stellar competition in the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award, which he played with Som Howie (clarinet) and Karol Kowalik (cello) as the Morinda Trio.

He completed his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexandra Vinokurov and subsequently studied with Stephen Savage at the Royal Northern College of Music, being awarded a Master of Music (solo performance) with distinction, then continuing onto the prestigious International Artist Diploma course. 

His performances have taken him internationally to Auckland, Leipzig, Paris and Xi’an, as well as venues including the Sydney Opera House, Federation Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall.

Ayesha, 21, won the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship in 2014 and went on to undertake a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

She has had much success at national and international piano competitions, placing third at the 2014 Kerikeri International Piano Competition and winning first prize with numerous awards at the 2015 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.

In addition to solo piano performance, she enjoys engaging in chamber music ensembles and she is an International Ambassador for the children’s charity Variety.

Please join us in cheering for Jeremy and Ayesha and wishing them the best of luck for their performances in the Sydney International Piano Competition.