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26 May - 09 June 2021

Isata Kanneh-Mason

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​Norwegian debut from British pianist.

The critically acclaimed pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason released her debut album Romance in 2019, which landed her a first place on the UK Classical charts. The debut celebrates her inspiration Clara Schumann's 200-year anniversary; Gramophone Magazine cited the release as 'one of the most charming and engaging debuts'. 

With a background from The Royal Academy of Music, Kanneh-Mason, despite being in her early twenties, has already had great achievements. She has received several prestigious awards, and has recently been booked for performances at New York's Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Kanneh-Masons – the pianist along with her six younger siblings, all trained in classical music – appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2015. In 2020 the siblings released the album Carnival of the Animals.

Isata Kanneh-Mason will give two recitals in Grieg's villa, and will perform works by Mozart, Chopin and Gershwin, as well as Edvard Grieg's Notturno from Lyric Pieces.

These concerts during the Bergen International Festival will be her first in Norway.

Photo: Robin Clewley


Events planned for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be launched throughout the autumn and winter.

It is likely that plans for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be affected by the pandemic. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different. 

The festival will follow the health authorities' orders and recommendations, and wants to create safe conditions and the least possible inconvenience to our audience. Therefore, ticket sales will not start until the spring.



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    • ​Isata Kanneh-Mason piano

Music by

    • Mozart
    • Chopin
    • Gershwin
    • Barber
    • Grieg


    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756–1791)
      Piano sonata no. 14 in C minor, K457
      Molto allegro
      Allegro assai 
    • Frédéric Chopin  (1810–1849)
      Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38
    • George Gershwin  (1898–1937)
      Three Preludes
      Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
      Andante con moto e poco rubato
      Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
    • Samuel Barber  (1910–1981)
      Piano sonate in E flat minor, op. 26
      Allegro energico
      Allegro vivace e leggero
      Adagio mesto
      Fuga: Allegro con spirito
    • Edvard Grieg  (1843–1907)
      Notturno from op. 54

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