Konya Kanneh-Mason is 16 years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She attends The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, in London, studying piano with Sarah Pickering and violin with Debbie Diamond. She achieved Grade 8 Distinction on piano at age 11, and Grade 8 Distinction on violin at age 12. Konya plays 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 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 Derby Cathedral, the Festival Concerts in Birmingham and Grantham, several concerts throughout Wales, Suffolk, Breadsall, Hoylandswaine, The Royal Concert Hall, The Albert Hall and The Theatre Royal, Nottingham, Belper, Southwell, Burton Joyce, London, Lichfield, and in concert recitals at The Royal Academy. Konya played Mozart’s Tr iple 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 has forthcoming concerts in Saffron Walden (playing Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 with The National Children’s Chamber Orchestra), in Tenby, at The Belper Music Festival, and in Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean. In March, she will also perform, with the Kanneh-Masons, to the Prince Of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Konya plays regular chamber music (string quartet and string trio) with her brothers and sister. They have won several chamber music prizes at Derby Music Festival.
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 and the BBC4 Documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical.
Konya is very grateful to Frank White of Ladystone Violins, the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust and the Nottingham Education Trust.