Isata Kanneh-Mason is twenty-one years old and is an undergraduate at The Royal
Academy of Music, studying piano with Carole Presland, having been awarded the
prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in
Isata was in the Piano Category Final of The BBC Young Musician 2014, winning The
Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician before the Grand Final. She has
won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times and won the Mrs Claude
Beddington Prize for outstanding recital results in her second year as an undergraduate at
The Royal Academy.
Isata held the Elsa and Leonard Cross Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior
Department, studying piano with Patsy Toh. She won two ABRSM Gold Awards at age 10
and 11 for the highest marks in the UK for grades 7 and 8 Piano.
She 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 Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham, Kings Place, London. She has performed several concerti, including Mozart
K466, Haydn Hob XVIII, Grieg Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 and
Schumann Concerto. In 2014, Isata performed Mozart’s Triple Concerto with two of her
sisters. She has given solo recitals at The Hebden Bridge Music Festival, Belper Music
Festival, Lincoln Music Festival, Grantham and Newark Music Club Recital Series. She
performed in the Piano Series at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, The Colour of Music
Festival in Charleston, USA, Yellow Lounge, Amsterdam, in The Barbican Sound Unbound
Festival, The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival, Leicester
International Chamber Music Festival, the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands and Canada.
She plays Errolyn Wallen’s Concerto Grosso with Chineke! Orchestra in Autumn 2017, at
Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, and St
George’s, Bristol. Isata will play a piano recital for the Rising Star series in Portland,
Oregon, USA, in January 2018.
Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune,
The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4,
The One Show, the BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine,
BBC2 Classroom Heroes, and BBC Young Musician.
Isata is very grateful to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, the Nottingham Education Trust,
to Mr and Mrs John Brydon, to Frank White of Ladystone Violins and to Elton John.