Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio is comprised of three siblings who have been playing together since they were very young. They have performed in concerts throughout the U.K., in the USA and in the Caribbean, winning the Royal Academy of Music Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize 2018. All three siblings are Scholarship students at The Royal Academy of Music, with a busy schedule of solo and concerto engagements. They share a passion for Chamber music and for performing together. The trio has played at many prestigious venues to date, including the Barbican (Sound Unbound Festival), The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, the Leicester International Chamber Music Festival, the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, USA, the Erin Arts Festival, Isle of Man, and the NTU International Music Series. They performed on Radio 3 for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2016.
Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Isata Kanneh-Mason is an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Carole Presland, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013. Isata begins her Postgraduate studies with a scholarship to The Royal Academy in September 2018. 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 recital results in her second year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy.
Isata 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. She has performed around the UK and abroad, 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 Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Kings Place, London and 10 Downing Street. She has performed in The Portland Piano Series in Oregon, USA, in Amsterdam, the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands and Canada. She has numerous forthcoming concerts at venues such as The Wigmore Hall, Milton Court, and Kings Place, London, and Carnegie Hall, USA. Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune, BBC2 The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, The One Show, the BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine, BBC2 Classroom Heroes, Sky Arts ‘Passions’ Documentary on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and BBC Young Musician. She is featured in a forthcoming documentary by CBS Television (USA).
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (Violin)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason holds a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, studying violin with Jack Liebeck. He is a member of The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra, and he has played with the orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, around the UK and for The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall. He tours with the orchestra in Europe this year. With Junior Chineke! Braimah was soloist for the Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint- Georges) Sinfonia Concertante for Two Violins and Orchestra at London’s Southbank (2018).
Braimah plays solo recitals and concertos, including performances of Bruch violin concerto. He will play Mendelssohn violin concerto with The Orchestra of the Restoration in 2019. He has performed throughout the U.K. and in the Caribbean with the Kanneh-Mason family, with forthcoming concerts in Nottingham, London and Bath in 2018, and he appeared with them on BBC2 in 2017, as well as on The BAFTAs in 2018.
Braimah performed in the violin sextet and string quartet which opened the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting at Buckingham Palace in 2018. Braimah has been a mentor at the Sistema England residential course, and a tutor for the Antigua Music Camp 2017 and 2018. He was a Finalist and won the String Prize at Nottingham Young Musician 2015, and he won the Carlton MVC Music Makers Award 2016. He is winner of The Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize and the John McAslan Senior Violin Prize at The Royal Academy. Braimah has appeared on various television programmes playing music with his siblings, including ITV’s Born to Shine, Britain’s Got Talent, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, the BBC4 documentary, Young, Gifted and Classical, BBC2 Classroom Heroes, Sky Arts ‘Passions’ Documentary on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, The One Show and The BAFTAs. He will appear in a forthcoming documentary for CBS. He was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and in Music Teacher Magazine. He has had Masterclass tuition from Lorraine McAslan and Tasmin Little.
Braimah played violin with the band, Clean Bandit, and has appeared with them throughout the UK and around the world, including at The Mobo Awards, the BBC Awards, X Factor (Italy and UK), Top of the Pops, on tour in the USA, Japan, South Korea, Dubai and Europe. He also recorded with them on the no 1 single, Rockabye.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (Cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is winner of BBC Young Musician 2016. He is an ABRSM Scholar at The Royal Academy of Music, studying with Hannah Roberts. He has been appointed as soloist forthe marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018. In January 2018, he released his album, Inspiration, for Decca Classics, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Sheku has a busy national and international schedule, having played concerti with, for example, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, and Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich. He has forthcoming performances with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at the Rheingau Festival, Seattle Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, the Atlanta Symphony, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform the Elgar Concerto in his hometown of Nottingham and makes his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Japan Philharmonic. In recital, Sheku made his London debut at King’s Place in October 2017 as part of their Cello Unwrapped series. Upcoming recital highlights include debuts at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Festival, as well as a major tour of North America to include concerts in Boston, Los Angeles, Minnesota and Sheku’s recital debut at Carnegie Hall New York. In 2017, Sheku made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra, and is the first London Music Masters Junior
Ambassador. He is ‘Young Artist in Residence’ at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In 2017, Sheku was awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award, given by the judges to the most promising young Artist across all genres. He performed in ‘The Children’s Monologues’ at Carnegie Hall New York, directed by Danny Boyle. He also played at No. 10 Downing Street and twice at The BAFTAs, performing at events attended by various members of the British royal family, including Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
Sheku has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and documentaries, including BBC4 Young, Gifted and Classical, and the BBC Young Musician Documentary, 40 Years Young.
Sheku plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c.1610 kindly on loan from
a private collection.