Isata Kanneh_ Mason with John Brydon

Isata is presented with the Music Makers Trophy by John Brydon

17 year old pianist lsata Kanneh-Mason has already played alongside Sir Elton John and she has reached the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in the keyboard category.

lsata told us: “l have always loved music and my ambition is to become a professional pianist. I achieved Grade 8 at age I I. Last year I was chosen as the outstanding pianist to play with Sir Elton John who invited me to play with his band in Los Angeles. I have since won the Elton John Scholarship to study full time at the Royal Academy of Music from September.”

On hearing that her talents had been recognised closer to home in Nottingham, the Music Maker winner for 2014 said: “Thank you very much for this award and opportunity! I am very grateful and it will really help my musical life. I am so happy!”