Cassado: Suite for solo cello
Beethoven: Sonata Op 5 no 2 in G minor
Shostakovich: Sonata op 40 in D minor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds the title BBC Young Musician 2016, having won it with a memorable performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1. An exclusive Decca recording contract followed and, through an anonymous sponsor, Sheku has been given, on permanent loan, the 1610 Brothers Amati cello that he played for the BBC competition.
From a musical family of seven children – his elder sister Isata, a student of piano at the Royal Academy, accompanies him tonight – Sheku began studying the cello aged six. He now combines academic work with a busy concert schedule of recitals, chamber music and appearances with Chineke! Orchestra, including a performance of Haydn Cello Concerto at The Royal Festival Hall in September 2016.
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