Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio
The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio consists of three award-winning siblings who have been playing
music together since they were very young. They have played as a trio in venues all over the UK,
in the United States and in The Caribbean, playing at international music festivals and concert
venues, such as The Colour of Music Festival, South Carolina, The Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham, The Highgate International Music Festival, The RPS Awards on Radio 3, The Elgar
Room at The Albert Hall and The Barbican Sound Unbound Festival. They have a passionate
commitment to music education and wider access, having tutored on the Sistema course,
performed workshops in schools in the USA, London, Nottingham, Antigua and Barbuda. Sheku is The Junior Ambassador for London Music Masters. They have appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, including the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical, The One Show, Al Jazeera TV, ITV Born to Shine and Britain’s Got Talent, BBC World Service, Radio 3, and BBC Young Musician. Each member of the trio also has a busy schedule of solo, concerto, orchestral and chamber music engagements.
Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Isata Kanneh-Mason is twenty-one years old and is an undergraduate at The Royal
Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, 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 examination/recital results in her second year as an
undergraduate at The Royal Academy.
She 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.
Isata has performed around the UK 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 Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Amsterdam, Ghent, Belgium, the
Cheltenham Music Festival, Rotterdam, The USA, Antigua and Barbuda. She has
forthcoming engagements around the UK, in The Cayman Islands and in Canada. Isata
plays the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester in
October 2017. She also plays viola, and she is a member of Chineke! Orchestra,
performing with them at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank and The Royal Festival Hall.
Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune,
The Proms Extra, and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (Violin)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason is 19 years old and has a Scholarship to The Royal Academy of
Music, studying violin with Jack Liebeck. He studied violin with Nicole Wilson and piano
with Druvi de Saram at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, winning the
John MacAslan Violin Prize in 2015 and The Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize.
Braimah is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, recently playing with the orchestra at The
Proms in The Royal Albert Hall. He also performs regularly as a soloist. He has performed Bruch No 1 Violin Concerto, and he will perform The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with
The Orchestra of the Restoration in October. He has played chamber and solo concerts in
venues such as Cadogan Hall, The Duke’s Hall, The Royal Concert Hall. In addition to his
tours and performances with the Kanneh-Mason Trio, Braimah has toured extensively
around the world with the chart topping band, Clean Bandit and recorded on their No 1
Braimah has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including Radio 4,
Top of the Pops, The Mobo Awards and X Factor Italy.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (Cello)
Sheku is eighteen years old and is the Winner of BBC Young Musician 2016.
He is an ABRSM Scholar at The Royal Academy of Music, where he studies cello with Hannah
Roberts. He also studied piano with Druvi de Saram at the Academy..
Sheku has played Concerti with orchestras such as The BBC Symphony Orchestra at The
Barbican, Chineke! Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall and The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall,
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales at BBC Proms in the Park, The National Youth Orchestra at
The Barbican and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has forthcoming engagements including
with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Tonhalle Orchestra, The Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The BBC Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, The Japan Philharmonic. He will play at Kings Place in The Cello Unwrapped series, at Milton Court, the Lucerne Festival, Wigmore Hall, Canada and the United States. He is the Junior Ambassador for London Music Masters and attended Verbier Festival with master classes from Frans Helmerson and Miklos Perenyi. He has also had masterclasses with Guy Johnston, Robert Max, Alexander Baillie, Steven Doane, Rafael Wallfisch, Jo Cole, Melissa Phelps and Julian Lloyd Webber.
He has performed several times on the BBC Radio 3 programme, In Tune, and has featured on Front Row, Radio 4, The Proms Extra, BBC Proms, and The BAFTAs. Sheku features on Guy Johnston’s album, Tecchler’s Cello. Sheku’s first album will be released with Decca Classics, Universal, in January 2018.
Sheku plays a cello by Antonius and Hieronymus Amati c1610, which is on permanent loan from a private collection.