Isata Kanneh-Mason: Soloist Summer 2016 (piano)
Isata Kanneh-Mason is twenty 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. Isata held the Elsa and Leonard Cross Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, studying piano with Patsy Toh. She has Grade 8 distinction on the viola, Grade 8 on the violin, and achieved Grade 8 on the piano at age 11, winning two ABRSM Gold Awards at age 10 and 11 for the highest marks in the UK for grades 7 and 8.
Isata has won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times, and won The Walter Todds Bursary at The BBC Young Musician Piano Category Final 2014. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013, having played for him at The Royal Academy.
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 Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), the home of Sir Vernon Ellis, Kensington,Munster Square Music Live, London, Manchester, Bath, Leicester, Machynlleth, Tenby,Beaufort Ebbw Vale, Lampeter Velfry, The Royal Welsh College, Grantham, Suffolk, Worksop, Oxford, Southwell, Breadsall, Belper and Nottingham. She has forthcoming concerts at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (in October, for the Sunday Morning Piano Series), in Lampeter Velfry, Machynlleth, Tenby, Rhyl, Grantham, Lichﬁeld, St Peters Notting Hill and The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London. She has performed several concerti, including Mozart K466, and Haydn Hob XVIII. In 2014, Isata played the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester and in 2016, she played the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. She will perform this again in Watford in August. In 2014, she performed Mozart’s Triple Concerto with the Djanogly Orchestra (with Konya and Jeneba). She gave a solo recital at The Hebden Bridge Music Festival in April last year, the Belper Music Festival in May, and she performed with Ashley Wass at the Lincoln Music Festival in August. Isata plays a viola made by Frank White of Ladystone Violins, and she is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, which had its debut concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, in September 2015.
Isata has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including BBC Young Musician, ITV’s Born to Shine, Yo Gabba Gabba, The Politics Show and Sounding Out with Notts TV and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She recently appeared with her brothers and sisters in the Semi Final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and accompanied her brother, Sheku, in the String Category Final and Semi Final of BBC Young Musician 2016.
Isata has had Masterclass tuition with Howard Shelley, Nelita True, Paul Lewis, Joan Havill, Alexis Ffrench, Murray McLachlan, Helen Krizos and Joanna MacGregor. Isata is very grateful to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust and the Nottingham Education Trust.
Last updated August 2016