Biographies

The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio

Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano) Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin) Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello) The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio consists of three award-winning siblings who have been playing music together since they were very young. They have played as a trio in venues all over the UK, in the United States and in The Caribbean, playing at […]

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason (19) Cello

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene and winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. In January 2018, his debut recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration, was released, featuring the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 (the piece which won him the BBC title) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The phenomenal success of the album propelled Sheku to a debut spot at number 18 in the Official UK Album charts, and number 1 in the Classical chart. Alongside short works by Shostakovich, Offenbach, Casals, and Saint-Saëns, Sheku’s own arrangement of Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry was also featured on the album, and went viral on social media, clocking over 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Sheku studies with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Academy of Music, and plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c.1610 kindly on loan from a private collection.

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Mariatu Kanneh-Mason (8) Cello and Piano

Mariatu is eight years old and attends Walter Halls Primary School in Nottingham. She studies cello with Sarah Huson-Whyte, and she also plays piano. She has Grade 4 Distinction (2017) on the cello and is studying for her Grade 5. She is studying for Grade 4 Piano. She has performed with the Kanneh-Masons around the U.K. and in Antigua and Barbuda. She performed for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in March 2017. Mariatu has appeared on several television and radio programmes with her siblings, including BBC World Service, Al Jazeera TV, Channel 4, BBC 1 The One Show and the BBC4 documentary Young, Gifted and Classical. She will feature, with the Kanneh-Masons, in a forthcoming documentary by CBS Television (USA).

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Konya Kanneh-Mason (17) Piano and Violin

Konya Kanneh-Mason is 17 years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She has been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music for September 2018, studying piano with Tessa Nicholson. Konya is Winner of Nottingham Young Musician 2017, and she won the Senior Piano Recital Trophy at Derby Music Festival and the Piano Recital Trophy at Birmingham Music Festival. Konya has performed in numerous concerts around the UK, including performances at Marlborough House to Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, 2017, and HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at The BAFTAs, 2018. She has appeared on various television and radio programmes, including ITV’s Born to
Shine, 2011, and the BBC’s Young Musician Piano Category Final programme, playing string chamber music. She has appeared with her siblings in the Semi Final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2015, The One Show, The BAFTAs, and the BBC4 Documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical. She will appear in another documentary about the Kanneh-Mason family by CBS Television, USA (in production).

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (15) Piano and Cello

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is fifteen years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She held the Entrance Scholarship for The Royal Academy of Music, and studies piano with Patsy Toh and cello with Ben Davies at Junior Academy. Jeneba is a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018. She was The Nottingham Young Musician 2013. She won the Murs du Son Prize at the Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France, 2014, and was the youngest competitor in the Final round. She has played numerous concerts in England, Wales and in Paris, as a recital and concerto soloist and as a chamber musician, particularly with her siblings, performing (with the Kanneh-Masons) to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in March, and to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at The BAFTAs 2018. Jeneba has appeared on several television programmes and will appear in a forthcoming documentary featuring Konya and the Kanneh-Masons by the USA television channel, CBS.

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Isata Kanneh-Mason (21) Piano

Isata has performed around the UK and abroad, with concerto appearances, in chamber ensembles and in solo recitals, including at the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, and many more. She has numerous forthcoming concerts at venues such
as The Wigmore Hall, Milton Court, and Kings Place, London, and Carnegie Hall, USA. Isata has performed several concerti, including Mozart K466, Haydn Hob XVIII, Grieg Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 and Schumann Concerto. She has performed several times on BBC television and radio and is featured in a forthcoming documentary by CBS Television (USA).

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Braimah Kanneh-Mason (20) Violin

Braimah studies violin with Jack Liebeck at The Junior Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra (conducted recently by Semyon Bychkov), and Chineke! Orchestra, founded by Chi-Chi Nwanoku, and has played with the orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, in Belgium, Spain, around the UK and for The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall. He plays as a member of The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio and The Kanneh-Mason Family. Braimah has appeared on various television programmes with his siblings, including ITV’s Born to Shine, Britain’s Got Talent, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical, Classroom Heroes on BBC2, The One Show and The BAFTAs. Braimah played violin with the band, Clean Bandit, and has appeared with them throughout the UK and around the world, including at The Mobo Awards, the BBC Awards, X Factor (Italy and UK), Top of the Pops, on tour in the USA, Japan, South Korea, Dubai and Europe. He also recorded with them on the no 1 single, Rockabye.

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Aminata Kanneh-Mason (12) Violin and Piano

Aminata is twelve years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She is a member of The Royal Academy of Music, Primary Academy, and studies violin with Nicole Wilson. Aminata has Grade 8 distinction on the violin and Grade 7 Distinction on the piano (2017), studying piano with Vicky Manderson. She is a member of Chineke! Junior Orchestra and has performed with the Kanneh-Masons throughout the UK, and has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including the Semi Final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical, and BBC1’s The One Show. She is featured, with The Kanneh-Masons, in a forthcoming USA documentary by CBS Television.

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