Friday 8th October 2021 at 8:00pm
St. Paul's Parish Church, Wooburn, HP10 0PW
Braimah Kanneh-Mason: violin
Alim Beisembayev: piano
|Beethoven:||Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50|
|Beethoven:||Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2|
|Mendelssohn:||Songs Without Words Op. 19, No. 1|
|Mendelssohn:||On Wings of Song Op. 34, No. 2|
|Grieg:||Sonata in C Minor, Op. 45|
Braimah Kanneh-Mason is a dynamic and versatile young violinist. He has performed throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Caribbean. An avid chamber musician, Braimah is a member of the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, Cassadó Ensemble and Kaleidoscope Collective. He has performed at venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, Leicester International Chamber Music Festival and collaborated with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Tom Poster and Priya Mitchell. Braimah is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and diversity in music education. He has been a mentor at Sistema England, Junior Music Works and a violin tutor for consecutive years at the Antigua Music Camp. He is currently an artist in residence at Brighton College.
Braimah studied as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music with Jack Liebeck and Mateja Marinkovic where he was awarded the Harold Craxton Prize, the John McAslan Prize and the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize.
Braimah currently performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, kindly lent to him by the Beare’s International Violin Society.
Young pianist, Alim Beisembayev was born in Kazakhstan in 1998 and began playing the piano at the age of 5. He moved to study at the Central Music School in Moscow in September 2008. Later that year, he won the televised, international competition “Nutcracker”. This led to wide exposure around Russia from a young age.
By the age of 12, Alim had played piano with numerous orchestras and conductors and after two years in Moscow, Alim moved to pursue his studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians where he was taught by Tessa Nicholson.
In addition to his already wide performing experience, Alim won several prizes during his time at the Purcell School including the 1st prize at the Junior Cliburn International Competition in the US. In February 2016, Alim was invited to speak and perform on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” for promotion of his concerto piano performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Alim continued studying with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music where he was supported by a generous scholarship. He achieved numerous successes including being the winner of the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Competition which led to his Wigmore Hall recital debut in June 2018.
Later that year, Alim attended the Verbier Festival Academy where he performed and had masterclasses with the world’s greatest artists. Most recently, he won the 2nd prize at the Vigo International Competition with Martha Argerich as president of the jury.
Alim enjoys collaborating with other musicians and regularly performs in chamber ensembles in London.
Currently, Alim is completing his Master's degree at the Royal College of Music with professors Vanessa Latarche and Dmitry Alexeev. He is generously supported by the ABRSM Scholarship and is an award holder of the Countess of Munster, Hattori Foundation, and the Drake Calleja Fund trusts.
In September 2021, Alim won The Waterman Gold Medal, the First Prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition.
Alim is one of the musicians on the Talent Unlimited scheme.