A self-taught Saudi pianist shines through Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH: Self-taught Saudi pianist Eman Gusti charmed the audience during her recent performance on the occasion of International Women’s Day at the French Ambassador’s house in Riyadh.

She performed a few solo pieces and also accompanied the Saudi opera singer Sawson Albahiti on the piano.

Gusti learned the piano at the age of seven and developed his passion for music with his mother. Since then, she has performed in shows across the Kingdom.

“I started learning the piano when I was young, and my mother was a musician and she always taught me music and made me fall in love with the piano,” Gusti told Arab News.

Her earliest memories were of lazy afternoons spent listening to her mother play the piano and late nights watching classical music performances, and it was there that her passion and drive for music blossomed into the talent that she has today.

When she was 15, her father gave her a piano to continue practicing before she was even in high school.

FAST FACTS

• Eman Gusti is a member of the Earth Orchestra and a licensed professional musician. Having performed over 150 shows, she is considered a seasoned veteran at the age of 24.

• She now composes her pieces and has developed her craft over the years by teaching herself how to translate musical notations.

• She said that she had the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Music Commission and that she would soon receive a scholarship to continue her studies.

Gusti is a member of the Earth Orchestra and a licensed professional musician. Having performed over 150 shows, she is considered a seasoned veteran at the age of 24.

She has performed in shows across the Kingdom including Jeddah and Khobar.

She has also performed alongside celebrities such as Majid Almuhandis and even traveled to Switzerland to perform at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The pianist said that it takes a certain bond of “passion” and “love” between a person and their instrument to strengthen this relationship.

She said she was often asked to perform many of the audience favorites that her followers had heard her perform.

“There are songs that I always get asked to play. One of them is “Secret Garden” and “Mariage D’amour” – “Wedding Of Love”. It’s French music by Richard Clayderman.

She said she was a little nervous with a new crowd at the start of each performance. But then, as soon as she started, her nerves immediately calmed down.

Gusti hoped to inspire many more women to pursue their passion.

“I believe everyone should follow their dreams and work hard to make them a reality. I want to set an example for girls in my country.

She now composes her pieces and has developed her art over the years by teaching herself how to translate musical notations.

“I learned by self-study until I reached the level to compose my musical notation to translate music and perform in events.”

She said she had the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Music Commission and would soon receive a scholarship to continue her studies.

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