Isata Kanneh-mason

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Academy of Music

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 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. She has performed several concerti, including Mozart K466, Haydn Hob XVIII, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2. In 2014, Isata performed Mozart’s Triple Concerto with two of her sisters. She has given solo recitals at The Hebden Bridge Music Festival, the Belper Music Festival, the Lincoln Music Festival,and Grantham Music Club Recital Series. She performed in the Piano Series at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, The Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, USA, Yellow Lounge, Amsterdam, Antigua, The Barbican Sound Unbound Festival, The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall and has future engagements at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Leicester International Chamber Music Festival, the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands and Canada. Isata plays the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester in October 2017. She also plays viola, and 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, 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, and BBC Young Musician.

Isata is supported by Help Musicians Uk, and is also very grateful to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, the Nottingham Education Trust, to Mr and Mrs John Brydon, and to Sir Elton John.