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ISATA KANNEH-MASON SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH DECCA
OLDER SISTER OF SHEKU ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM
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Decca Classics is thrilled to announce the signing of pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. The eldest of seven musically-gifted siblings now joins her brother, superstar cellist Sheku, on the prestigious label and prepares to release her debut album, ‘Romance’, on 5 July.
22-year old Isata already enjoys a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and internationally. As she joins the new generation of classical music stars providing inspiration and bringing classical music into the homes of millions, here Isata’s phenomenal piano playing and vibrancy is captured for the rest of the world to experience.
On signing to the label, Isata said: “I am so excited to be recording this album with Decca Classics. I am really passionate about this music and hope that the album brings a wider range of people into the classical music audience!”
Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics, comments: “Isata is an immensely talented pianist with remarkable musicality and a curious mind, always ready to explore new musical horizons.”
Isata is undertaking postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, at which four Kanneh-Mason siblings are currently studying! Truly a sign of the outstanding dedication and talent of this unique family. The pianist also recently announced her signing to Enticott Music Management, joining a stellar roster of musicians alongside her younger brother Sheku.
‘Romance’ will take listeners on a journey through the extraordinary life of Clara Schumann, one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era who, unusually for the time, earned more than her husband – the famous German composer Robert Schumann. Clara Schumann made her performance debut aged nine and was one of the first pianists to perform from memory.
The disc marks the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth and in releasing this album Isata champions the significance of female musicians throughout the years, and their continued importance in classical music. Recorded with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Romance’ showcases Isata’s outstanding skill and passion through an exploration of Clara Schumann’s exceptional output.
Isata started learning the piano at the age of six. When the US network show CBS Sunday Morning visited the family home in Nottingham last year, Isata’s parents said that they knew she was gifted after she achieved the highest marks in the country for her grade 7 and 8 piano exams. She has won numerous awards, played in some of the world’s finest concert venues, appeared at international music festivals, and has performed with Elton John. This year Isata embarks upon a US tour (including a night at New York’s Carnegie Hall) performing duet recitals with Sheku. They regularly perform together internationally, often joined by their violinist brother Braimah as The Kanneh-Mason Trio.
Her parents, Stuart Mason and Kadiatu Kanneh, who have no professional music experience, have raised seven extraordinarily gifted children, each of whom are passionate about classical music and perform to a virtuosic level. Now, the release of 'Romance' gives a new insight into another member of this remarkable family of musical stars.
‘Romance’ is released on Decca Classics on 5 July and available to pre-order physically from 27 April and digitally from 17 May 2019.
Isata Kanneh-Mason will be a guest on Jess Gillam’s BBC Radio 3 show ‘This Classical Life’ on Saturday, 27 April. Listen live on BBC Radio 3 at 12:30 BST or download the podcast via BBC Sounds.