Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is fifteen years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in
Nottingham. She started playing the piano at the age of three and, at the age of five, she
began piano lessons with Brenda May. She held the Entrance Scholarship for The Royal
Academy of Music, Primary Academy, studying piano with Patsy Toh and cello with Ben
Davies and is now at Junior Academy. Jeneba gained Grade 8 Distinction on the piano at
age 9, winning the Nellie Greenhill Memorial Prize from the Associated Board for the
highest marks in the Nottingham area. She also has Grade 8 Distinction on the cello and
plays in the Academy’s Sinfonia Orchestra and in Chineke! Junior Orchestra, directed by
Chi-Chi Nwanoku. She played cello with the orchestra in The Royal Festival Hall in
Jeneba 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 is also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize, 2015 and 2016 at The Royal Academy of Music. She won The Gregynog Young Musician Piano
Prize and Young Accompanist’s Prize 2015.
Jeneba won the Senior Piano Recital Trophy at the Derby Festival 2013 (jointly with her
sister, Konya) and won the Open Recital Trophy (Arthur Stone Cup) at Grantham Festival
for two years, also winning the Anne Abbott Trophy for the best performance of the
Grantham Festival. She was Commended at the North London Festival’s Emmanuel Prize
Piano competition, 2014, and Highly Commended in 2015.
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. Jeneba has
played Mozart’s triple piano concerto no 7, Mozart Concerto K414, and Mozart’s K466 (No
20). She has forthcoming concerts around the UK, including The Belper Music Festival
and a performance of Saint-Saens Piano Concerto with The Orchestra of the Restoration
(Nottingham) in October. She will also play several concerts in the Caribbean this year.
Jeneba has appeared on several television programmes, including Sounding Out and The
6.30 Show for Notts TV, Born to Shine (ITV, 2011), BBC Young Musician 2014 and 2016
(playing string quintet and piano sextet), ITV’s East Midlands Today, BBC news and in the
semi final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, The One Show, Al Jazeera TV, Channel 4, BBC
World Service, and the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical.
Jeneba is very grateful to Nottingham Soroptimist Trust for their support.