U.K. cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to release first recording with City of Birmingham Symphony

Posted on: December 20, 2017

“Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is without a doubt one of the brightest young stars in classical music,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (12/19) article in the Telegraph (U.K.). “Since making history by becoming the first black winner in the 38 years of the BBC Young Musician, in 2016, Kanneh-Mason has been on a whirlwind adventure…. Now he has teamed up with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its music director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla for his debut album, Inspiration.… The album is a collection of pieces that have inspired Kanneh-Mason in his career so far, including a tribute to the school music teacher who first encouraged him to play.… Inspiration features … Shostakovich’s first cello concerto … his own arrangement of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry; and Pablo Casals’s Sardana, with fellow cellist and BBC Young Musician winner Guy Johnston…. He … made his BBC Proms debut [this summer] as a soloist with Chineke, Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra. He did all of this while completing his A-levels, graduating from Trinity School in Nottingham and starting his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.”

Posted December 20, 2017