Sunday, May 01, 2022 | 5:30 PM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

The Piatigorsky Memorial Concert

Location: Shriver Hall

The sibling duo of Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason return to Baltimore following their sensational Baltimore Debut in 2019 on our Discovery Series. 22-year-old Sheku, BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, and his older sister Isata, who topped UK classical charts with her most recent solo album, perform a recital of timelines sonatas.

“Call it sibling harmony…Sheku’s lyricism was both foil and peer to Isata’s muscularity and fire.” –The Guardian

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. He became a household name in 2018 after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle, watched by nearly two billion people globally. In 2016, Sheku was the first Black musician to win the BBC Young Musician competition. He has released two chart-topping albums on Decca Classics, including Elgar (2020) which reached No. 8 on the UK Official Album Chart, making him the first cellist in history to reach the UK Top 10. Since his debut in 2017, Sheku has performed every summer at the BBC Proms.

Sheku has made debuts with top-tier orchestras across the globe, with future highlights including performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Barcelona Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic, among many others. In recital, Sheku has performed at illustrious venues and festivals around the world, including Wigmore Hall London, Edinburgh, and Aldeburgh Festivals, Zurich Tonhalle, Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Current and future seasons include appearances at the Barbican Hall London, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and tours of North America, Italy, South Korea and China.

Sheku continues his studies with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Bicentenary Fellow. He began learning the cello at the age of six with Sarah Huson-Whyte and then Ben Davies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. He was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. Learn more at

“Sheku Kanneh-Mason is just what classical music needs” —The Guardian


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Isata Kanneh-Mason

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is the recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award, a 2020 Opus Klassik award for best young artist and, as a member of the Kanneh-Mason family, the 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards. Her debut album on Decca Classics, Romance – The Piano Music of Clara Schumann, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the UK classical charts at No. 1 when it was released in July 2019. This was followed in July 2021 by Summertime, a journey through the varied piano repertoire of 20th-century America featuring Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Impromptu in B minor. 

Since studying with Hamish Milne and Carole Presland at London’s Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2020 with a Master of Arts in Performance and the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music, Isata has embarked on a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and abroad. In the 21/22 season, Isata will continue as Young Artist in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and be one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars. Highlights of the next season also include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Rheingau Festival, Paris Mozart Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, a solo recital tour of North America, and many more. Learn more at

"A profound and greatly gifted artist who radiates warmth, joy and much-needed musical sunshine." —Gramophone

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 102, No. 1

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Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Cello Sonata in D minor

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 65

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Program Subject to Change Without Notice