Amy Dickson

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Not to be confused with Amy Dickinson.

Amy Dickson (born 1982, Sydney) is an Australian classical saxophone player.

Dickson began to play piano at age 2, and the saxophone at age 6.[1] She initially played 'some jazz' in her youth, but eventually focused her saxophone training entirely on the classical repertoire.[2] She made her concerto debut at age 16, playing the Concerto pour Saxophone Alto by Pierre Max Dubois, with Henryk Pisarek and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. Dickson became a recipient of the James Fairfax Australian Young Artist of the Year. She subsequently moved to London, where she took the Jane Melber Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch. She also has studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.[2] During this time, she became the first saxophonist to win the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, and the Prince's Prize.

In 2005 and 2011, Dickson performed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings at the Teatru Manoel in Valletta, Malta, and the Perth Concert Hall, Australia. She has also performed at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, St James’ Palace in London and for former Australian Prime Minister John Howard at Parliament House, Canberra. In October 2013, Dickson won the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Classic Brits awards, the first saxophonist to be so honoured. [3]

Dickson has commissioned new works from such composers as Brett Dean, Ross Edwards (composer), Peter Sculthorpe, Graham Fitkin, Steve Martland and Huw Watkins.[1] She has also concertante works of Philip Glass and John Tavener, originally composed for other solo instruments, for saxophone.[4] Now resident in London, she is an ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.[1]


  • Smile (2008)
  • Glass, Tavener, Nyman (2009)
  • Dusk & Dawn (2013)[5]
  • Catch Me If You Can (2014)
  • A Summer Place (2014)
  • Island Songs (2015)[6]


  1. ^ a b c Kate Molleson (2015-02-10). "Chart-topper Amy Dickson reclaims the joy of sax for classical fans". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b Adam Sweeting (2013-04-29). "Amy Dickson: Siren of seductive, late-night sax". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  3. ^ Adam Sherwin (2013-10-02). "Saxophone bursts into the Classic Brits with breakthrough win for Amy Dickson". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  4. ^ Adam Sherwin (2013-05-06). "Chart-topper Amy Dickson reclaims the joy of sax for classical fans". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Dusk & Dawn (Amy Dickson)". The Australian. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  6. ^ Erica Jeal (2016-01-21). "Amy Dickson: Island Songs CD review – an intriguing and serious collection". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 

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