Pianist, Composer, Producer



Cuban-born pianist Ahmed Alom is a classically trained pianist who since his arrival to New York City, has become one of the leading young figures in piano performance in the United States. His versatility among contrasting styles of music have led him to collaborate regularly with Marco Granados, Philippe Quint, Teddy Abrams, Brandon Ridenour, Yves Dhar,   Paquito D’Rivera (Grammy Winner), Pedrito Martinez, among others. 

He is a member of the LatinGrammy Winner Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, and a member of the music ensemble for the newly premiered ballet “Dona Peron”, written by composer Peter Salem and commissioned by Ballet Hispanico. 

He is expected to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” in November of 2022, with conductor Fernando Marina and the orchestra of the Academia 1830 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He will also perform “No Man’s Land” in 2023, a recital with violinist Ruben Rengel at the Linton Chamber Music Festival, including works by Poulenc, Strauss, Kapustin and traditional folk Latin American Music. 

This year, Mr. Alom was part of the premiere of “Tentacion”, a challenging Cuban style concerto for 8-piece band and orchestra, in collaboration with  People of Earth collective, conductor Teddy Abrams, and MacArthur fellow Dafnis Prieto. The work was presented with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, L.A Philharmonic and Britt Festival Orchestra. 

Aside of winning of the First Prize at the XXI Xalapa Piano Competition and the National Chamber Music Competition, both in Mexico, the Maria Clara Cullell Piano Competition in Costa Rica and the UNEAC Piano Competition in Havana, Ahmed also won prizes at the Yamaha sponsored Cuevas International Piano Competition in Mexico, the Bradshaw and Buono Competition and the Slatkin/Composers Competition at Manhattan School of Music,both in New York. Also in this city, he was a finalist of the 66th Chopin Kosciuszko Foundation Competition, recipient of the Munz Foundation Competition, and 1st Prize at the Young Musicians Competition. 

He made his orchestral debut at age 17 with Mark Belenko conducting the Mexican Philharmonic Orchestra at Nezahualcoyotl Hall, performing the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. 

As a Jazz and Latin Jazz pianist,  he has appeared in festivals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and Cuba, and he has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the MSM Afro Cuban Jazz Band, ExitZero Jazz Festival and Jazz Night in America.

He has recorded albums with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, and the music of the Ballet “Dona Peron”, alongside Grammy Winner bandoneonist Hector del Curto. As a producer, he worked in the distribution and promotion of Cuban records after the Revolution in 1959 and works in an album that reimagines classical Cuban songs into modern contexts, with producer and hip-hop artist GARO. With him, he is also working and producing the upcoming album of singer Maria Bacardi. 

Throughout his career, Ahmed was coached in Cuba, by Beatriz Olivera, Hortensia Upmann, Leonardo Gell, Ninowska Fernandez and Svetlana Logounova. 

He has performed in masterclasses taught by Luca Chiantore, Robert Levin, William Wolfram, Richard Goode and Kirill Gerstein. He has also received lessons about contemporary music with Anthony de Mare, and chamber music coachings with Sylvia Rosenberg. He pursued his classical piano performance studies at the Manhattan School of Music, as a scholarship student of the Viola B. Marcus Foundation and Flavio Varani Fund for Pianists, under the guidance of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.




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