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Birthname: Amy Dickson
Nationality: Australian


Biography

Grammy-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award. She won the award with her third album released on Sony Music which had previously attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK classical charts. Before then, having become a recipient of the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year award, Amy had won major competitions including the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Competition and the ... Read more

Grammy-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award. She won the award with her third album released on Sony Music which had previously attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK classical charts. Before then, having become a recipient of the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year award, Amy had won major competitions including the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Competition and the Prince’s Prize. No saxophonist had ever won any of these titles before.

Since arriving on UK shores, Sydney-born Amy has spearheaded something of a classical saxophone revival, on account of her unique take on the genre and her distinctive approach to the instrument. Since the success of her No. 1 chart album Dusk & Dawn, Amy has been touring internationally with pit-stops back home in London for brief appearances on TV (performances on BBC Breakfast, The One Show etc.) and also to record her new album due released Summer 2014 on Sony Classical. Classic FM have called her “a talent to watch” and Gramophone “a player with a difference”.

Amy Dickson began lessons at the age of six and made her concerto debut ten years later. Recognized widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, she has performed throughout the world, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, as a soloist with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia andLondon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now based in London, Dickson was born in Sydney where she made her concerto debut aged 16, playing the Dubois Concerto with Henryk Pisarek and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. On her 18th birthday she recorded the Dubois Divertissement with John Harding and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The following year she moved to London where she took the Jane Melber Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.

In 2005 and 2011 she performed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings at the Teatru Manoel in Valetta, Malta and the Perth Concert Hall, Australia. She has also performed at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; St James’ Palace, London and for former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard at Parliament House, Canberra. In great demand as a recitalist, she has worked with pianists Catherine Milledge, Martin Cousin, Danny Driver and Huw Watkins in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, and in festivals throughout the world.

Dickson has released four critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Music. Her first, Smile, was released in 2008 and led Gramophone magazine to write:
"She has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle. She plays very songfully, is often gentle and restrained, at times sounding like the chalumeaux of a clarinet. But she can rise to a passionate climax, as in Danza de la moza donosa, or slinkily respond to Debussy's La plus que lente."

Her second album, Glass, Tavener, Nyman, comprises of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Philip Glass and The Protecting Veil by John Tavener, both arranged by Dickson. It also includes Where the Bee Dances by Michael Nyman. It was her third album Dusk & Dawn, that won Dickson the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award and reached No. 1 in the UK classical charts. Featuring twelve graceful and elegantly performed tracks, Dusk & Dawn includes Fauré’s Pavane, Chopin’s Nocturne and Bellini’s Casta Diva as well as evergreen standards such as ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ and ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Amy makes playing the saxophone a beautiful, gentle and sensual experience and Dusk & Dawn, which is the epitome of late night classical listening at its very best, showcases a brand-new soundworld for Amy’s beloved instrument where the shimmering strings and sensual saxophone arrangements evoke the stylish cinema of the 1960s and early 70s.

Released in early 2014, Amy’s album Catch Me If You Can features contemporary classical music for saxophone and orchestra. Amy performs alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on the album. It includes John Williams’ Escapades, Michael Kamen’s Concerto for Saxophone (the score for which was personally given to Amy by Michael Kamen’s family) and Mark Knopfler’s iconic score for the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ arranged by Jessica Wells.

Dickson has made a number of world premiere recordings. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra she has recorded Holbrooke’s saxophone concerto and Bennett’s Seven Country Dances. She has also made recordings of McDowall’s concerto Dancing Fish, Larsson’s Konzert and Dubois’ Divertissment, and has appeared on Bollywood composer Mithoon Sharma’s album Tu Hi Mere Rab Ki Tarah Hai. In 2012 Dickson recorded Edwards’ Full Moon Dances live at the Sydney Opera House, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for the saxophone, whilst also championing existing repertoire. She regularly commissions new works, and makes arrangements of existing works from other instrumental repertoire. Dickson has made a substantial contribution to the orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Composers who have written for her include Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Graham Fitkin, Steve Martland and Huw Watkins.

Amy Dickson is a Brand Ambassador for REN Skincare as well as an ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, the Prince’s Trust, and is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Grammy-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award. She won the award with her third album released on Sony Music which had previously attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK classical charts. Before then, having become a recipient of the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year award, Amy had won major competitions including the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Competition and the Prince’s Prize. No saxophonist had ever won any of these titles before.

Since arriving on UK shores, Sydney-born Amy has spearheaded something of a classical saxophone revival, on account of her unique take on the genre and her distinctive approach to the instrument. Since the success of her No. 1 chart album Dusk & Dawn, Amy has been touring internationally with pit-stops back home in London for brief appearances on TV (performances on BBC Breakfast, The One Show etc.) and also to record her new album due released Summer 2014 on Sony Classical. Classic FM have called her “a talent to watch” and Gramophone “a player with a difference”.

Amy Dickson began lessons at the age of six and made her concerto debut ten years later. Recognized widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, she has performed throughout the world, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, as a soloist with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia andLondon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now based in London, Dickson was born in Sydney where she made her concerto debut aged 16, playing the Dubois Concerto with Henryk Pisarek and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. On her 18th birthday she recorded the Dubois Divertissement with John Harding and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The following year she moved to London where she took the Jane Melber Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.

In 2005 and 2011 she performed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings at the Teatru Manoel in Valetta, Malta and the Perth Concert Hall, Australia. She has also performed at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; St James’ Palace, London and for former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard at Parliament House, Canberra. In great demand as a recitalist, she has worked with pianists Catherine Milledge, Martin Cousin, Danny Driver and Huw Watkins in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, and in festivals throughout the world.

Dickson has released four critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Music. Her first, Smile, was released in 2008 and led Gramophone magazine to write:
"She has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle. She plays very songfully, is often gentle and restrained, at times sounding like the chalumeaux of a clarinet. But she can rise to a passionate climax, as in Danza de la moza donosa, or slinkily respond to Debussy's La plus que lente."

Her second album, Glass, Tavener, Nyman, comprises of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Philip Glass and The Protecting Veil by John Tavener, both arranged by Dickson. It also includes Where the Bee Dances by Michael Nyman. It was her third album Dusk & Dawn, that won Dickson the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award and reached No. 1 in the UK classical charts. Featuring twelve graceful and elegantly performed tracks, Dusk & Dawn includes Fauré’s Pavane, Chopin’s Nocturne and Bellini’s Casta Diva as well as evergreen standards such as ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ and ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Amy makes playing the saxophone a beautiful, gentle and sensual experience and Dusk & Dawn, which is the epitome of late night classical listening at its very best, showcases a brand-new soundworld for Amy’s beloved instrument where the shimmering strings and sensual saxophone arrangements evoke the stylish cinema of the 1960s and early 70s.

Released in early 2014, Amy’s album Catch Me If You Can features contemporary classical music for saxophone and orchestra. Amy performs alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on the album. It includes John Williams’ Escapades, Michael Kamen’s Concerto for Saxophone (the score for which was personally given to Amy by Michael Kamen’s family) and Mark Knopfler’s iconic score for the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ arranged by Jessica Wells.

Dickson has made a number of world premiere recordings. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra she has recorded Holbrooke’s saxophone concerto and Bennett’s Seven Country Dances. She has also made recordings of McDowall’s concerto Dancing Fish, Larsson’s Konzert and Dubois’ Divertissment, and has appeared on Bollywood composer Mithoon Sharma’s album Tu Hi Mere Rab Ki Tarah Hai. In 2012 Dickson recorded Edwards’ Full Moon Dances live at the Sydney Opera House, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for the saxophone, whilst also championing existing repertoire. She regularly commissions new works, and makes arrangements of existing works from other instrumental repertoire. Dickson has made a substantial contribution to the orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Composers who have written for her include Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Graham Fitkin, Steve Martland and Huw Watkins.

Amy Dickson is a Brand Ambassador for REN Skincare as well as an ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, the Prince’s Trust, and is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Grammy-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award. She won the award with her third album released on Sony Music which had previously attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK classical charts. Before then, having become a recipient of the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year award, Amy had won major competitions including the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Competition and the Prince’s Prize. No saxophonist had ever won any of these titles before.

Since arriving on UK shores, Sydney-born Amy has spearheaded something of a classical saxophone revival, on account of her unique take on the genre and her distinctive approach to the instrument. Since the success of her No. 1 chart album Dusk & Dawn, Amy has been touring internationally with pit-stops back home in London for brief appearances on TV (performances on BBC Breakfast, The One Show etc.) and also to record her new album due released Summer 2014 on Sony Classical. Classic FM have called her “a talent to watch” and Gramophone “a player with a difference”.

Amy Dickson began lessons at the age of six and made her concerto debut ten years later. Recognized widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, she has performed throughout the world, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, as a soloist with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia andLondon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now based in London, Dickson was born in Sydney where she made her concerto debut aged 16, playing the Dubois Concerto with Henryk Pisarek and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. On her 18th birthday she recorded the Dubois Divertissement with John Harding and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The following year she moved to London where she took the Jane Melber Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.

In 2005 and 2011 she performed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings at the Teatru Manoel in Valetta, Malta and the Perth Concert Hall, Australia. She has also performed at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; St James’ Palace, London and for former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard at Parliament House, Canberra. In great demand as a recitalist, she has worked with pianists Catherine Milledge, Martin Cousin, Danny Driver and Huw Watkins in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, and in festivals throughout the world.

Dickson has released four critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Music. Her first, Smile, was released in 2008 and led Gramophone magazine to write:
"She has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle. She plays very songfully, is often gentle and restrained, at times sounding like the chalumeaux of a clarinet. But she can rise to a passionate climax, as in Danza de la moza donosa, or slinkily respond to Debussy's La plus que lente."

Her second album, Glass, Tavener, Nyman, comprises of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Philip Glass and The Protecting Veil by John Tavener, both arranged by Dickson. It also includes Where the Bee Dances by Michael Nyman. It was her third album Dusk & Dawn, that won Dickson the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award and reached No. 1 in the UK classical charts. Featuring twelve graceful and elegantly performed tracks, Dusk & Dawn includes Fauré’s Pavane, Chopin’s Nocturne and Bellini’s Casta Diva as well as evergreen standards such as ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ and ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Amy makes playing the saxophone a beautiful, gentle and sensual experience and Dusk & Dawn, which is the epitome of late night classical listening at its very best, showcases a brand-new soundworld for Amy’s beloved instrument where the shimmering strings and sensual saxophone arrangements evoke the stylish cinema of the 1960s and early 70s.

Released in early 2014, Amy’s album Catch Me If You Can features contemporary classical music for saxophone and orchestra. Amy performs alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on the album. It includes John Williams’ Escapades, Michael Kamen’s Concerto for Saxophone (the score for which was personally given to Amy by Michael Kamen’s family) and Mark Knopfler’s iconic score for the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ arranged by Jessica Wells.

Dickson has made a number of world premiere recordings. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra she has recorded Holbrooke’s saxophone concerto and Bennett’s Seven Country Dances. She has also made recordings of McDowall’s concerto Dancing Fish, Larsson’s Konzert and Dubois’ Divertissment, and has appeared on Bollywood composer Mithoon Sharma’s album Tu Hi Mere Rab Ki Tarah Hai. In 2012 Dickson recorded Edwards’ Full Moon Dances live at the Sydney Opera House, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for the saxophone, whilst also championing existing repertoire. She regularly commissions new works, and makes arrangements of existing works from other instrumental repertoire. Dickson has made a substantial contribution to the orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Composers who have written for her include Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Graham Fitkin, Steve Martland and Huw Watkins.

Amy Dickson is a Brand Ambassador for REN Skincare as well as an ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, the Prince’s Trust, and is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.