Musical Notes

Cuban-born pianist Ahmed Alom is an uniquely versatile, classically trained pianist who since his arrival to New York City, has become one of the leading young figures in piano performance.

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. 

His repertoire goes from works by Bach and Scarlatti, to avant-garde piano music. Recently in 2019, Ahmed gave two recitals in Havana, premiering works by George Perle and Elliott Carter at Ignacio Cervantes Hall, and including a full Chopin program, including the Second Concerto in F minor op. 21,  in collaboration with the Havana Chamber Orchestra and conductor Daiana Garcia. 

Ahmed is also 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 with Paquito de Rivera (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Edwin Perez (Global Fest, NPR Tiny Desk) the MSM Afro Cuban Jazz Band, and Pedrito Martinez Group (RADIO WBGO, ExitZero Jazz Festival).

In 2018, he joined Latin Grammy Winner Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet. With them, he has performed for The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, The City College of New York, Brooklyn Public Library, Chesapeake Symphony Orchestra, Temple University, among others. He is also an active collaborator of the PanAmerican Symphony Orchestra, playing at D.C Tango Festival, and their series of concerts under the guidance of conductor Sergio Buslje. 

His discography includes appearances in Edwin Perez´s Street Corner Chronicles, Rudyck Vidal Latin Jazz Trio: Abriendo Ciclos, and the latest album by Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet: Impulso Tanguero. 

Throughout his career, Ahmed was coached in Cuba, with piano teachers deeply influenced by Russian musical education: Beatriz Olivera, Hortensia Upmann, Leonardo Gell, Ninowska Fernandez and Svetlana Logounova. 

He has performed in masterclasses taught by Luca Chiantore, John Salmon, 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 has been awarded with the Viola B. Marcus Scholarship (since 2017), and the Flavio Varani Scholarship for pianists (2020), to continue his studies on the Bachelor of Music program at Manhattan School of Music in New York, under the tutelage of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.