Isata Kanneh-Mason: Bio

A postgraduate student at London's Royal Academy of Music, Isata Kanneh-Mason has embarked on a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and abroad.  Isata also continues to perform with her siblings, including regular duo recitals with her brother, the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.  Highlights this season include appearances at the Lucerne Festival, the Zurich Tonhalle, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Saint-Denis Festival in Paris, and an extensive US tour, including their debut recital at New York's Carnegie Hall.  Isata has also performed in the Portland Piano Series in Oregon, the Barbican Centre's Sound Unbound Series, The Color of Music Festival in South Carolina, in Amsterdam, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, and Canada.

Isata reached her category final in the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, winning the Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician before the Grand Final. She has since performed several times on television and radio, including BBC Radio 3 In Tune, the Radio 3 RPS Awards, BBC2 Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, The One Show, ITV Born To Shine, BBC2 Classroom Heroes, and a feature for CBS's Sunday Morning.

A highlight of 2019 will be the release in the summer of Isata's first recording for Decca Classics, an album of Clara Schumann's piano music in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. At the centre of the album is the piano concerto, recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Holly Mathieson.

Having been awarded the Gwendolyn Reiche scholarship for postgraduate study, Isata continues to learn with Carole Presland at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She previously completed her undergraduate degree at the Academy as an Elton John scholar, and performed with Sir Elton in 2013 in Los Angeles.

Isata is grateful to Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, Mr and Mrs John Bryden, Frank White, Awards for Young Musicians, and Sir Elton John.

Isata Kanneh-Mason


Decca Classics

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1 Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 7 / Allegro maestoso  
2 Romanze - Andante non troppo, con grazia  
3 Finale - Allegro non troppo  
4 3 Romances Op. 11 / Andante  
5 Andante - allegro passionate  
6 Moderato  
7 Scherzo No 2 in C minor Op. 14  
8 3 Romances for Violin & Piano Op. 22 / Andante molto  
9 Allegretto  
10 Leidenschaftlich schnell  
11 'Widmung' (R. Schumann trans. C. Schumann)  
12 'Mondnacht' (R. Schumann trans. C. Schumann)  
13 Piano Sonata in G minor / Allegro  
14 Adagio  
15 Scherzo  
16 Rondo  
Isata Kanneh-Mason celebrates Clara Schumann
Isata Kanneh-Mason visits Clara Schumann's birthplace

Isata Kanneh-Mason presents a portrait of the life and music of Clara Schumann
Debut album ‘Romance' released on Decca Classics on 5 July

For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life with her stunning debut album on Decca Classics. Isata will be joining forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years, and their influence on the classical musical canon. The recording features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, written at the age of fourteen, performed by the composer at Leipzig Gewandhaus two years later under the baton of Felix Mendelssohn. 

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