Sheku Kanneh-Mason became a household name in 2018 after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle, a performance watched by almost two billion people around the world. He initially garnered renown as the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, the first Black musician to take the title. He has released two chart-topping albums on the Decca Classics label, Inspiration in 2018 and Elgar in 2020.
Kanneh-Mason has made debuts with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In recital, Sheku Kenneh-Mason has appeared at venues and festivals around the world, from London’s Wigmore Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Current and future seasons include appearances at London Barbican, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, as well as tours of North America, Italy, South Korea, and China. In the spring 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown, Kanneh-Mason and his siblings performed from their family home in Nottingham in twice-weekly livestreams to audiences of hundreds of thousands around the globe.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason began learning the cello at age six and now continues his studies with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Bicentenary Fellow. He was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. He plays a Matteo Goffriller cello from 1700 which is on indefinite loan to him.