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 is comprised of three siblings who have been playing together since they were very young. They have performed in concerts throughout the U.K., in the USA and in the Caribbean, winning the Royal Academy of Music Howard Craxton […]

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason (20) 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 (9) Cello and Piano

Mariatu is nine 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 5 Distinction on the cello and is studying for Grade 5 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 has featured, with the Kanneh-Masons, in a documentary by CBS Television (USA).

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Konya Kanneh-Mason (18) Piano and Violin

Konya Kanneh-Mason is 18 years old and holds The Gilling Family Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Tessa Nicholson. She is winner of Nottingham Young Musician 2017, and joint winner of the Carlton MVC Music Makers Award 2018. Konya plays solo and chamber music, particularly with her siblings, and has performed in concerts around the UK and in the Caribbean, 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 played concerti including Mozart K414, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2, Schumann Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Triple Piano Concerto No 7 (K242) with two of her sisters. She will play Beethoven Concerto No 1 with The Orchestra of the Restoration  in 2019. She has also appeared with her siblings on numerous television and radio programmes

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (16) Piano and Cello

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is sixteen 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 was 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. She is also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize, 2015, 2016 and 2017, at The Royal Academy of Music. She has played numerous concerts in England, Wales and in Paris, as a recital and concerto soloist and as a chamber musician, and she performed (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. She will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the Nottingham Youth Orchestra at The Royal Concert Hall in March 2019, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto with The Orchestra of the Restoration in June this year.

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Isata Kanneh-Mason (23) Piano

Isata has performed around the UK and abroad, with concerto appearances, in solo recitals and in chamber ensembles, including at the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the -Fields, The Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Kings Place and Milton Court, Barbican in  London, and across the world. Highlights this season include appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Montreux’s September Musical, the Zurich Tonhalle, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw,  Saint-Denis Festival in Paris, and an extensive US tour, including a performance at Carnegie Hall.

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Braimah Kanneh-Mason (21) Violin

Braimah studies violin with Jack Liebeck at The Junior Royal Academy of Music. As a soloist, Braimah enjoys regular performances across UK and has most recently appeared at St. John’s Smith Square with the London Contemporary Orchestra, The Royal Concert Hall with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and the UK Diversity Legal Awards. He has received masterclass tuition from Priya Mitchell, Tasmin Little and Corey Cervosek. He is currently an artist in residence at Brighton College.

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Aminata Kanneh-Mason (13) Violin and Piano

Aminata is thirteen years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She attends  The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, where she is a member of the Classical Orchestra, and studies violin with Nicole Wilson and piano with Sarah Pickering. Aminata has performed with the Kanneh-Masons throughout the UK, including Southwell, Derby, Tenby, Machynlleth, Lichfield, Belper, Breadsall, Suffolk, The Albert Hall, Nottingham, Bath and London, including St Johns Smith Square. She has forthcoming concerts (chamber and solo) in Southwell, London and Antigua. Aminata has joined her siblings in concert tours of Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean in 2017 and 2018. She played, with the Kanneh-Masons, for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in March 2017.

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