Jeneba Kanneh-Mason signs for Sony Classical and graces next Pianist cover

25 April 2024
By Ellie Palmer
The 21-year-old British pianist will release her first recording on the label in Spring 2025

Sony Classical has announced the signing of pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason.

We can also reveal that Jeneba will appear on the cover of the June/July issue of Pianist! Jeneba's issue is now available to pre-order here. Inside, she chats to writer Jessica Duchen about her new recording contract, her love of Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto and the sibling dynamics in a family with seven ultra-talented children.

Despite being just 21-years-old, she has already impressed critics with her “poetry and confidence” (The Guardian) and as a “vivid soloist” (The Sunday Times) who performs “straight from the heart, with care, sparkle and self-possession” (BBC Music Magazine).  Following her début tour of Australia, the Chronicle exclaimed: “There was maturity in performance and interpretation … Effortless, yes. Impressive, even more so – and exciting is probably an understatement.”

Jeneba performs 'Mercutio' from 'Ten Pieces from Romeo & Juliet' by Prokofiev

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Her first album on the label will be recorded later this year and released in Spring 2025. The recording will including juxtaposing works by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Alexander Scriabin with music by under-represented composers Margaret Bonds, Florence Price and William Grant Still.

Jeneba comments, “I am so happy and honoured to join the prestigious roster of artists at Sony Classical.  I can’t remember a time when classical music wasn’t an integral part of my life, and I am a huge advocate for its positive influences and ability to really connect with such a wide range of people.

"The piano repertoire is enormous and I’m excited to be able to explore it, discovering the old, the new, and to perform pieces by more women, as well as black and minority ethnic composers."

Find out more about Jeneba here.

Main image: ©Johanna Berghorn/Sony Classical