Biography

Cello

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON became a household name in 2018 after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle, his performance having been greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally. 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. The latter reached No. 8 in the overall UK Official Album Chart, making him the first cellist to reach the UK Top 10.

He has made debuts with the Seattle Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. Upcoming appearances include the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and a tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This performance marks his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices.

In recital, Mr. Kanneh-Mason has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, Zurich Tonhalle, Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Carnegie Hall, and the BBC Proms. 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.