Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is one of the finest performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School, a critically acclaimed recording artist and producer. Born in Havana Dickinson Cardenas graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA Havana) in Guitar with a first-class honours degree and also graduated a year early. During his years in Cuba, he took part in masterclasses with international artists such as Leo Brouwer and John Williams.
Upon his arrival in the UK Dickinson Cardenas studied both at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ashley Stewart Arts Sponsorship 2011, Concordia Foundation Ambassadorship and Ivor Mairants.
In recent years Ahmed has been responsible for the UK premieres of numerous works by other prominent Cuban composers such as Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Martín, Yalil Guerra and Luis Manuel Molina. Dickinson Cardenas has collaborated with outstanding musicians and artists such as ballet star Carlos Acosta, Omar Puente, Eduardo Niebla, Eduardo Martín, Luzmira Zerpa, Hammadi Rencurrell and Miguel Altunaga (Rambert).
For almost a decade Dickinson Cardenas had the privilege to work closely with the late Cuban guitar composer Jose Antonio (Ñico) Rojas. He single-handedly transcribed, learned and performed most of the old master’s unpublished works.
Dickinson Cardenas received two prizes at Cubadisco Awards 2009, Best Instrumental Soloist & Best Instrumental Album for his debut recording paying homage to Rojas. The same album was nominated for Best Artist & Best Newcomer in Songlines World Music Magazine, and Best Album & Best Single at the Latin American Music Awards UK.