Konya Kanneh-Mason is 17 years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She has been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music for September 2018, studying piano with Tessa Nicholson.
She currently attends The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, in London, studying piano with Sarah Pickering. She achieved Grade 8 Distinction on piano at age 11, and Grade 8 Distinction on violin at age 12. Konya played in the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of Chineke! Junior Orchestra, directed by Chi-Chi Nwanoku which had its debut performance at London’s Southbank in September 2015, and performed at The Royal Festival Hall in 2016.
Konya is Winner of Nottingham Young Musician 2017, and she won the Senior Piano Recital Trophy at Derby Music Festival and the Piano Recital Trophy at Birmingham Music Festival. She was Very Highly Commended at the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at The Royal Academy of Music 2014, and Commended in 2015. She was also Commended at the North London (Emmanuel Prize) Festival.
Konya has performed in numerous concerts around the UK, 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. Konya played Mozart’s Triple Concerto No 7 (for 3 pianos) with two of her sisters and the Djanogly Orchestra in Nottingham, and she played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 with The Helix Ensemble in Bingham, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan. Konya performed Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 with The National Children’s Chamber Orchestra at Saffron Hall in 2017, and plays the Schumann Piano Concerto with Djanogly Orchestra in 2018. She played in a concert tour with the Kanneh-Masons in Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean in 2017 and 2018.
Konya has appeared on various television and radio programmes, including ITV’s Born to Shine, 2011, Sounding Out and The 6.30 Show with Notts TV, ITV and BBC news, BBC Radio Nottingham, Channel 4 and the BBC’s Young Musician Piano Category Final programme, playing string chamber music. She has also appeared with her siblings in the Semi Final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2015, The One Show, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, The BAFTAs, and the BBC4 Documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical. She will appear in another documentary about the Kanneh-Mason family by CBS Television, USA (in production).
Konya is very grateful to Frank White of Ladystone Violins, to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, to the Nottingham Education Trust and to Sir Elton John.