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Sheku Kanneh-Mason Q&A's ahead of Cali dates with sister Isata / San Francisco Classical Voice

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It's only fitting that cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, whose first name means "prince," should have performed at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the spring of 2018. Viewed by more than one billion people worldwide, the event catapulted the teenager to superstar status. Not that Kanneh-Mason was unknown before the nuptials: Indeed, the youth from Nottingham, England, took top honors at the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, becoming the first black musician to do so, and has been in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls ever since.

Together with his older sister, the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music who has fistfuls of awards herself, including having snagged that institution's Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times, the duo brings their formidable gifts to California, where they will perform concerts on Dec. 3 at Los Angeles' Colburn School and on Dec. 4 at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. (Sheku will also be a soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a series of four performances in May, 2020.)

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