Braimah Kanneh-Mason




Braimah Kanneh-Mason is 19 years old and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music beginning in September 2016, studying violin with Mateja Marincovic. 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, founded by Chi-Chi Nwanoku, and has played with the orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He led the Chineke! Junior Orchestra for its inaugural year. Braimah played violin in Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Isata, Sheku, Chi-Chi Nwanoku and Stephen Upshaw at the flagship concert for Chineke! at the home of Sir Vernon Ellis in July 2015. He was also a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra for several years. Braimah plays regular Chamber music concerts. He was a member of The Reich Quartet and is currently a member of the Morisot String Quartet. Braimah also performs regularly as a soloist. He has performed concerti including Bruch No 1 Violin Concerto, and he will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio in Nottingham. He has played chamber and solo concerts in venues such as Cadogan Hall, the Duke’s Hall and the Royal Concert Hall. The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio performed at The Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, USA in 2016 and they will perform at The Leicester International Chamber Music Festival this year.


Braimah has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including Radio 4, the BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine and BBC1 The One Show. Braimah is very grateful to Frank White of Ladystone Violins, to y-notts, to the Nottingham  Education Trust and to Mr and Mrs John Brydon.