29 April 2019
By Ellie Palmer
The young pianist will also release a debut album featuring the music of the great Clara Schumann.
Isata Kanneh-Mason has signed to Decca Classics to release an album of music by Clara Schumann. The recording will mark the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. 22-year-old Isata will be joining forces with a number of female musicians to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years, and their influence on the classical musical canon. The recording features Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, written at the age of fourteen, performed by the composer at Leipzig Gewandhaus two years later under the baton of Felix Mendelssohn.
On signing to the Decca, Isata said: “Creating my debut record has been such an exciting journey for me, and I have learned so much along the way! It has been fantastic to work with the team at Decca Classics and to share the music of Clara Schumann in such a significant year – the 200th anniversary of her birth.”
The British pianist is the eldest of seven equally musical siblings. Her younger brother, Sheku, famously performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - back in May 2018. Whilst her brother may have garnered his fair share of fame over the last year, Isata is no stranger to success. She competed in the final of the piano category at the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, and performed with Sir Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013, having completed her undergraduate studies as an Elton John scholar at the Academy.
Watch Isata perform with Sheku below.
Isata is currently completing her postgraduate studies with Carole Presland at the Royal Academy of Music and was recently signed to Enticott Music Management for worldwide general management, joining an esteemed roster of international artists.
The album is set to be released on 5 July 2019 and available to pre-order physically from 27 April and digitally from 17 May.