Isata Kanneh-Mason

Piano

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Biography

Isata Kanneh-Mason is a Postgraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Carole Presland, having been awarded the Gwendolyn Reiche Memorial Scholarship.

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 2016 for outstanding recital results at The Royal Academy. She is also winner of The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Recital Prize 2018, The Howard Craxton Chamber Music Prize 2018 and the Wilfred Parry (Brahms) Prize 2018 at The Royal Academy.

Isata held the prestigious  Elton John Scholarship for her Undergraduate studies at The Royal Academy, performing with Sir Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013. She also 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.

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Reviews

An additional treat was seeing him perform with his sister Isata, three years his elder. There could be few more riveting experiences than witnessing the strength, passion and assured virtuosity in a cellist so young. Even more important was how much love and feeling he expressed for the music he was playing, never shying from lyrical depth and expressive nuance, and supported to a tee by his sister.

Vancouver Playhouse

Sheku gave its Largo a yearningly elegiac tone, and for the whirling finale he roughened his sound exhilaratingly while Isata stressed the angularities of her piano part.

This was a triumphant coming-out for these immensely engaging players: a star duo is born.

The Independent