After graduating in e-business management from the Higher College of Technology in Muscat in 2011, Zahra Mohamed Husain Moosa al Lawati, 29, followed her heart and became a professional musician. Today, she is the only major female pianist in the Sultanate and regularly performs at high-profile events.
Q: What drives you to success?
I started playing the piano when I was five. It is my dream, my passion and my life. And I am happy because I can do what I love. In my view, the key to success is doing what you have always loved. This way you will not stop doing it, and you will eventually succeed. Another thing is that I cannot read music because I am self-taught. But if you were to play a song for me, I could immediately recreate it for you. Whatever I play is processed through my ears and to my fingers. Of course, because I have been doing it all my life, it has become a part of me, which is probably why I am comfortable doing it this way.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration?
It is my parents who have inspired me. My mother, even though she isn’t into music, pushed me to go ahead with what I do. Moreover, my father used to have more than 1,000 CDs, which he used to lend me so that I could cover the tracks in my own style. I also remember that he used to discover the stories of classical composers from around the world and used to tell me about them. So when I play at events people are shocked that I actually know about these composers even though they are not famous in Oman. My original style is combining Arabic, English, Indian, Turkish, and other soundtracks into what I play.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
My biggest career success to date would have to be that I am the only professional Omani pianist playing music at high-profile events around the Sultanate consistently.
Q: What are your career goals?
My career goal would have to be this: I want to be the first Omani lady to compose her own piano album for the public, and then play it at the Royal Opera House Muscat in the near future.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
In the coming 10 years, I will be focusing on becoming a pianist playing at an international level. One of the reasons for that is that Oman is a very unique country, and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said really loves and enjoys music. And I want to spread the news of our country to the whole world. It is not going to be easy but that is my goal.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
The inside of the Genesis makes me feel like a first class passenger on an airplane as it feels that comfortable and safe. At the same time, it makes way for a fantastic driving experience. I find that the features, accessories as well as the optional extras are superior to what you find in most luxury cars in this segment of the market today. Overall, it is a car that chauffeurs me in absolute luxury, comfort and style. It’s a car I can trust completely.