Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostako- vich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbi- can Hall with the BBC Symphony Or- chestra in Spring 2016. Only eighteen ye- ars old, Sheku’s international career is develo- ping very quickly with engagements in the
2017/18 and 2018/19 season including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the CBSO, the Phil- harmonia Orchestra at the Newbury Spring Festival, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Bar- celona Symphony, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (his debut at the Concertgebouw Hall), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Sheku’s concerto debut in North America), the Atlanta and Louisana Symphonies. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform the Elgar Concerto in his home town of Nottingham and make his debut at the Konzerthaus, Vienna with the Japan Philharmonic. In recital, Sheku will perform several concerts across the UK with highlights over the next two seasons which have included his debut at Kings Place as part of their Cello Un- wrapped series, and will include Milton Court and Wigmore Hall. He will also perform recitals at the Tonhalle, Zurich, the Lucerne Festival and a series of concerts in Canada later this year.Sheku has recently made his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, in a star studded Gala directed by Danny Boyle.
A keen chamber musician, Sheku performs regularly as a member of the Kanneh-Mason PianoTrio with sister, Isata and brother, Braimah, an ensemble that has performed at The Albert Hall,The Barbican, and several international music festivals. Sheku is passionate about the importance of making classical music accessible to all and is the first London Music Masters Junior Ambassador.
He plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c1610 kindly on loan from a private collection.