“Isata Kanneh-Mason inspires us from the first note. Her expressive piano playing has a captivating effect and leaves no doubt that she will soon be one of the very great pianists.  We are very pleased to present this year’s Leonard Bernstein Award to this outstanding young artist” said Oliver Stolz, new President of the Savings Bank and Giro Association for Schleswig-Holstein.

With previous winners including Lang Lang, Martin Grubinger, Anna Vinnitskaya, Cameron Carpenter, Krzsztof Urbański and most recently Stathis Karapanos, the award will be presented to Isata during the prize-winners’ concert on Friday August 20 at the Musik und Kongresshalle in Lübeck when she will play Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto No 1 accompanied by the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.