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, and studies piano with Patsy Toh and cello with Ben Davies 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, playing with the orchestra in venues such as Hatfield House and The Royal Festival Hall.
Jeneba is 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, and was the youngest competitor in the Final round. She is also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize, 2015, 2016 and 2017, 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, Mozart’s K466 (No 20), and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2. She has forthcoming concerts around the UK, including the Belper and Bath Music Festivals, Machynlleth and Southwell Minster. She has played several concerts in the Caribbean in 2017and 2018, and last year, and 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.
Jeneba has appeared on several television programmes, including BBC1, The BAFTAs, 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, in the Semi Final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, The One Show, Al Jazeera TV, Channel 4, BBC World Service, BBC 2 Classroom Heroes, and the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical. There is a forthcoming documentary featuring Konya and the Kanneh-Masons by the USA television channel, CBS.
Jeneba is very grateful to Nottingham Soroptimist Trust for their support.