Isata Kanneh-Mason, the pianist and sister of the acclaimed young cellist Sheku, has signed with Decca Classics to record an album of music by Clara Schumann in the composer’s 200th anniversary year. Kanneh-Mason, 22, is the eldest of seven siblings, all extraordinarily talented musicians. She was a finalist in the piano category for 2014’s BBC Young Musician of the Year, and was awarded the competition’s Walter Todds Bursary for most promising musician.
Clara Schumann, born Clara Wieck in Leipzig in 1819, was a piano prodigy who made her public debut aged 11. Acclaimed across Europe, she was one of the 19th century’s foremost concert pianists, and, in the early years of her adult life, she also composed – a piano concerto (written when she was 14), songs, chamber music and solo piano pieces.
Kanneh-Mason’s all-Schumann album, set for a July release, includes the piano concerto (with New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), solo piano works and the composer’s three romances for violin and piano, with US violinist Elena Urioste. Clara Schumann’s music will also feature in two of this year’s Proms, only the second season in which it has been programmed.