Isata Kanneh-Mason




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. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013, having played for him at The Royal Academy.


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 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, she 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 the Piano Series at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Isata plays a viola made by Frank White of Ladystone Violins and she is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, performing with them at the Royal Festival Hall and at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank.


Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune, The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour The One Show, BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine, and BBC Young Musician. Isata is very grateful to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, the Nottingham Education Trust, to Mr and Mrs John Brydon, and to Elton John.