In the universe of shining, young musical stars, Sheku Kanneh-Mason could be called his own solar system. Consider that in the past several years alone, this gifted cellist starred on British reality TV, made hit recordings, earned a top BBC honour, performed at both the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, soloed for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their royal wedding, and was the subject of a documentary. All before the age of 21. While managing type 1 diabetes. And he continues to learn and grow: Kanneh-Mason is a full-time student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Hannah Roberts. Some of his siblings have either been students at the Academy, or are currently studying there as well.
It’s also worth mentioning his cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” went viral on YouTube and other platforms, with more than 2 million streams just on Spotify, according to the family’s website. Now a Young Artist in Residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with a worldwide touring schedule, Kanneh-Mason, outside music circles, may not be as recognisable as the A-list celebrities present for that royal wedding gig, but just give him time. Born into a musical family – the third of six siblings – he already is making a name for himself as an ambassador for classical music. And, as a philanthropist, helping young, aspiring cellists (more on that to come).