Braimah Kanneh-Mason is 19 years old and holds a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, studying violin with Mateja Marincovic.
Braimah will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with The Orchestra of the Restoration in October. He is also a member of Chineke! Orchestra, founded by Chi-Chi Nwanoku, and has played with the orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He plays regular Chamber music concerts, particularly with the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio. They have performed around the UK and in the USA, including at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, and The Colour of Music Festival, Charleston. They have forthcoming concerts around the UK, including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican (Sound Unbound) and Leicester International Chamber Music Festival. They will also play solo and chamber concerts in Antigua and Barbuda in March.
Braimah was recently a mentor at the Sistema England residential course. He was a Finalist and won the String Prize at Nottingham Young Musician 2015, and he won the Carlton MVC Music Makers Award 2016. He is winner of The Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize and the John McAslan Senior Violin Prize at The Royal Academy.
Braimah has appeared on various television programmes playing music 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, and The One Show. He was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and in Music Teacher Magazine. He has had Masterclass tuition from Lorraine McAslan and Tasmin Little. Braimah plays 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.
Braimah is very grateful to The Royal Academy of Music, Frank White of Ladystone Violins, y-notts, Mr and Mrs John Bryden, and to the Nottingham Education Trust.