The Kanneh-Mason siblings are all talented classical musicians on the rise. All in all, they are 7 seven brothers and sisters ranging in age from 10-years old to 23-years old – all of whom play either the violin, the piano, or the cello to a very high standard.
Isata Kanneh-Mason plays the piano. Sheku plays the cello. Braimah plays the violin. Konya and Aminata play both the violin and piano. Jeneba and 10-year old Mariatu play both cello and piano.
They grew up in Nottingham, England, but are of Sierra Leonean-Caribbean origin. Their father, Stuart Mason, is a business manager, and their mother, Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh, is a former university lecturer and the author of a memoir entitled House of Music, Raising the Kanneh-Masons.
All of the children have had successful moments in their careers.
Sheku won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award, becoming the first Black musician to win the award since its launch in 1978. Also in 2018, he played at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In 2015, the oldest six competed on Britain’s Got Talent together. (excluding the youngest, 10-year-old Mariatu). They performed Csárdás in their first audition and made it to the semi-finals.
Three years later, Sheku, Isata, Braimah, Konya, and Jeneba played together at the 2018 BAFTA ceremony.
Braimah studies at the Royal Academy of Music and is also a member of The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra.
Isata studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a Sir Elton John Scholar and signed to Decca and debuted at the top of the UK Official Classical Artist Chart with her album of Clara Schumann’s music, Romance.
Jeneba gained Grade 8 Distinction on the piano and cello and won the Nellie Greenhill Memorial Prize from the Associated Board for the highest marks in the Nottingham area. Also, she plays in the Royal Academy of Music’s Sinfonia Orchestra and in Chineke! Junior Orchestra.
Konya studies at The Royal Academy of Music and has been awarded the Gilling Family Scholarship. She has already played for the royal British family twice.