Launched in 2009, the innovative LMM Award was conceived as an alternative to the traditional violin competition with the aim to support and nurture the careers of the very best young professional violinists from around the world. From 2016, in addition to violinists, composers are also invited to accept the award, having been nominated by a panel of distinguished LMM Advisors. As an indicator of the quality of the recipients our Award Holders have gone on to become BBC New Generation artists and recipients of the Borletti-Buitoni Award, as well as receiving plaudits from audiences and critics alike.
"I was stunned by the tremendously high standard of the entries. It was thrilling to see and hear such skill and commitment from the young violinists. This is clearly an award scheme which seeks and finds the best of the best..."
- Sir Roger Norrington, Conductor
London Music Masters is proud to have five world class ambassadors. These are artists with established international careers who share our core values and beliefs. The ambassadors promote the work of LMM but also engage with it personally. They work with our students and Award Holders, give concerts and talks in support of the work and act as inspiring role models for the organisation and all who are connected with it: parents, children, teachers, Award Holders.
We are very pleased to announce our first ever junior ambassador, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
This new ambassadorial role enables gifted young musicians the opportunity to engage with, and act as encouraging role models to LMM Learning students at our primary schools. LMM will also support the junior ambassadors through mentoring, and performing opportunities as they make their way into the classical music profession.
Seventeen-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is currently at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham, and holds the ABRSM Junior Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, where he studies cello with Ben Davies. He is also a founding member of the Chineke! Orchestra, as well as a member of the JRAM Symphony Orchestra. Sheku is winner of the Pro Corda Chamber Competition 2015, and most recently the inaugural RPS Duet Prize for young musicians. He plays chamber music with the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio and the Ash String Trio. Sheku is BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016.
Sheku is an outstanding musician. The impressive achievements that he has already made represents the high standards to which the children on the LMM Learning initiative aspire. Sheku will be an inspiration to our young students.
In accepting this new role Sheku said: “I am honoured to be the first London Music Masters junior ambassador. I am very passionate about the charity’s aims. With my siblings, I have enjoyed performing masterclasses and meeting young people to send the message that classical music belongs to all of us. I am looking forward to being part of this project.”
LMM Award Holders (2016-17)
Pictures (c) Benjamin Ealovega