SHEKU KANNEH-MASON, cello
ISATA KANNEH-MASON, piano
Beethoven, Sonata for cello and piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1
Barber, Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 6
Rachmaninov, Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
At just 20 years old, Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the new darling of the cello and is considered one of the most brilliant classical musicians of his generation. Propelled onto the international stage to 2 billion viewers at the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry, the British prodigy has become a phenomenon on the concert stage and social media alike. Born into a family from Sierra Leone, Sheku Kanneh-Mason grew up in England with a large family, passionate about music. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and appearing regularly with the Chineke! Orchestra – the first BME ensemble in Europe – he was winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.
He cites his musical heroes as Jacqueline Du Pré, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Bob Marley, three artists to whom he paid tribute in his recent album published by Decca. For his Théâtre des Champs-Elysées debut, he is joined by his sister Isata at the piano for a program that combines great classics (Beethoven, Rachmaninov) and more unusual explorations such as Lutosławski’s Debussy-esque Grave and Samuel Barber’s sonata opus 6, a romantic and technically difficult piece composed in his youth; precurser to the concerto that Barber would go onto compose for cello ten years later.