Beethoven Coriolan Overture, op.62 (8′)
Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 (23′)
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 (35′)
English Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, piano
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
About the Concert
2020 was to have been the year of Beethoven, so it is only right that as the English Symphony Orchestra return to bring classical music back to Tunbridge Wells, they do it with the music of Beethoven.
The concert opens with one of Beethoven’s most dramatic scores, the tragic Coriolan Overture, and concludes with one of his funniest and most exuberant, the Second Symphony.
In between, the ESO are joined by one of music’s fastest-rising stars, pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason. Alongside her famous siblings, including BBC Young Musician winner, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jeneba is an artist of rare charisma and appeal, helping to attract new audiences for classical music everywhere she performs. Ms. Kanneh-Mason will be playing Mozart’s most famous Piano Concerto, that in D minor, with cadenzas by … Beethoven.
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is eighteen years old and holds the Victoria Robey Scholarship to The Royal College of Music, studying piano with Vanessa Latarche.
Jeneba was a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, winner of the Murs du Son Prize at the Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France, 2014, and The Nottingham Young Musician 2013. She is also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, where she studied with Patsy Toh.
She has played numerous concerts in England, Wales, Paris and the Caribbean, as a recital and concerto soloist and as a chamber musician. She has performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Saint-Saens Concerto No 2, Mozart K414, and Florence Price, Piano Concerto in One Movement with Chineke! Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall. She will perform Rachmaninov Concerto no 2 in 2021. She has played two recitals at Cheltenham Festival and will undertake concert tours of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Antigua and Barbuda with the Kanneh-Masons in 2022.
Jeneba has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including Radio 3, In Tune, The BAFTAs, The Royal Variety Performance, the documentary for BBC4, Young, Gifted and Classical, and the Imagine documentary for BBC1, This House is Full of Music. She has recorded for the album, Carnival, with Decca Classics.
Jeneba is grateful to Lady Robey, The Nottingham Soroptimist Trust and to The Nottingham Education Trust.