Biographies

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (17) Cello

Sheku studies cello with Ben Davies at The Junior Royal Academy of Music, and holds the ABRSM scholarship. He also has Grade 8 distinction on Piano and he achieved Grade 8 Distinction on the cello at age 9, winning an award from the ABRSM for the highest marks in the UK. He is a member of Chineke! Orchestra and of the Royal Academy’s Symphony Orchestra, and regularly plays chamber, solo and concerto concerts throughout the UK. He also plays with The Kanneh-Mason family ensembles, as well as with the Ash Quartet in London. He has appeared on television shows such as Born to Shine, BBC Young Musician, Sounding Out and The 6.30 Show (Notts TV), Yo Gabba Gabba (playing piano trio), BBC and ITV News, and BGT 2015. He played cello on In Tune, BBC Radio 3, in August. He attends Trinity School, Nottingham. His cello is made by Frank White, of Ladystone Violins.

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Mariatu Kanneh-Mason (7) Cello and Piano

Mariatu is seven years old. She attends Walter Halls Primary School in Nottingham. She studies cello with Sarah Huson-Whyte, and she also plays piano. 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.

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Konya Kanneh-Mason (16) Piano and Violin

Konya studies piano with Druvi de Saram and violin with Kathryn Spencer at The Junior Royal Academy of Music and is a member of the Academy’s Symphonia. She gained Grade 8 Distinction on both instruments at age 11 and 12, and performs in regular chamber, solo and concerto concerts, throughout the UK, including with the Kanneh-Masons. Konya has won several prizes for solo piano and string chamber music from music festivals and competitions. She has appeared in numerous television programmes with her siblings, playing violin, including BBC Young Musician, Born to Shine, BBC and ITV News. She also played solo piano in Sounding Out and The 6.30 Show, and violin on BGT 2015. She attends Trinity School, Nottingham. Her violin is made by Frank White, of Ladystone Violins.

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (14) Piano and Cello

Jeneba studies piano with Patsy Toh and cello with Ben Davies at The Junior Royal Academy of Music, London. She gained Grade 8 Distinction on piano and an award from The ABRSM at age 9. She also has Grade 8 Distinction on cello (age 12). Jeneba won a scholarship to the Academy at age 10, and won the Academy’s Piano Prize at age 12. She is a member of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra and the Academy’s Symphonia and plays regular solo, chamber and concerto concerts throughout the UK and in Paris. Jeneba has also appeared on several television programmes, playing piano and cello, including BBC Young Musician, ITV’s Born to Shine, Sounding Out and the 6.30 Show, BBC and ITV News, as well as BGT 2015. She attends Trinity School, Nottingham.

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Isata Kanneh-Mason (20) Piano

Isata is in her second year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, London, studying piano with Hamish Milne. She holds the prestigious Elton John Scholarship, and performed on stage with Elton John in Los Angeles in September 2013. Isata also studied violin and viola at Junior Royal Academy and has Grade 8 on both instruments, as well as two Gold Awards for the highest marks in the UK for Grades 7 and 8 piano (aged 10 and 11). Isata was in the Piano Final of BBC Young Musician 2014, winning the Walter Todds Bursary, and she played piano on ITV’s Born to Shine, aged 15. She has been on many television programmes, including Britain’s Got Talent, 2015. She is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, established by Chi-Chi Nwanoku. Isata, Braimah and Sheku played in the launch concert with Chineke! at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank in September.

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Braimah Kanneh-Mason (19) Violin

Braimah studies violin with Nicole Wilson at The Junior Royal Academy of Music. He achieved Grade 8 Distinction on violin at age 12, and he has Distinction at DipABRSM. He also has Grade 8 Piano. He is a member of Chineke! Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Braimah regularly plays chamber, solo and concerto concerts throughout the UK. He plays as a member of The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, The Kanneh-Mason String Quartet and String Trio, and The Kanneh-Mason Sextet. Braimah is also a member of the Morisot Quartet in London. He has appeared on BBC Young Musician 2014 (playing string quintet) and ITV’s Born To Shine, 2011, as well as Sounding Out and The 6.30 Show (Notts TV), Yo Gabba Gabba (playing piano trio), BBC and ITV News, and BGT 2015. He attends Trinity School, Nottingham. His violin is made by Frank White, of Ladystone Violins.

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Aminata Kanneh-Mason (11) Violin and Piano

Aminata studies violin in Matlock with Jo Percival. She has played in several concerts throughout the UK and performed at music festivals. She also plays piano. She has appeared in several television programmes, including Sounding Out and the 6.30 Show, as well as Britain’s Got Talent, 2015. She attends Walter Halls Primary in Nottingham. Her violin is from Ladystone Violins, restored by Frank White.

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