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Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to global fame after his mesmerising performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

The winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, and the first cellist in history to reach the top 10 of the UK album charts, Sheku is also one of seven siblings, all extraordinary instrumentalists, who have been described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family.

On this, the first Australian tour by Sheku and the Kanneh-Masons, he will be joined by his sister Isata, now one of Britain’s leading young pianists, in a performance of greatly loved sonatas for cello and piano, and, in the second half of the program, by the entire family. The program will feature works by Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Gershwin and other popular composers.

The Kanneh-Masons are Isata, 26 (piano), Braimah, 24 (violin), Sheku, 23 (cello), Konya, 22 (piano and violin), Jeneba, 19 (piano and cello), Aminata, 16 (violin and piano), and Mariatu, 13 (cello and piano).

In a coup for Australian audiences, this will be the largest tour the siblings have undertaken together outside of the UK.

The concert tour to Australia this summer is the most exciting event on the Kanneh-Mason calendar to date. We have never been to Australia but we have always wanted to go, and to have the opportunity to play there is a dream come true.

We are excited to meet our audiences on the other side of the world and visit so many different cities, beginning with Perth. We have been waiting since 2020 to perform in Australia and we can’t wait to be there! – Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason (mother)

Sheku plays a 1700 Matteo Gofriller cello, kindly on loan from an anonymous syndicate of private investors.

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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Frank Bridge
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
    I. Allegro ben moderato
    II. Adagio ma non troppo – Molto allegro agitato
    Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

    George Gershwin
    Prelude N.1 (from The Three Préludes)
    Isata, piano

    Felix Mendelssohn
    Song without words for cello and piano d major opus 109
    Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

    Maria Theresia von Paradis
    Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
    I. Allegro non troppo
    II. Allegro
    III. Largo
    IV. Allegro
    Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

    Intermission (20 minutes)

    Eric Whitacre (arr. Parkin)
    Seal Lullaby
    Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

    Franz Schubert
    Impromptu op 90 no 2
    Konya, piano

    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
    Violin Sonata in D Minor
    I. Allegro ma non tanto
    Braimah, violin, Jeneba, piano

    Felix Mendelssohn
    Piano Trio n.1 in D Minor op. 49
    II. Andante con moto tranquillo
    Jeneba, piano, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello

    Franz Liszt
    Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
    Jeneba, piano

    Jerry Bock (arr. Kanneh-Masons)
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

    Bob Marley (arr. Kanneh-Masons)
    Redemption Song
    Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

    *Program subject to change

  • Cello
    Sheku Kanneh-Mason
    Braimah Kanneh-Mason
    Isata Kanneh-Mason
    Piano and violin
    Konya Kanneh-Mason
    Aminita Kanneh-Mason
    Piano and cello
    Jeneba Kanneh-Mason
    Mariatu Kanneh-Mason