The sister of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding cellist has called for more diversity in the “elitist” classical music industry, as she is signed with a top record label.

Isata Kanneh-Mason, 22, told The Telegraph that the culture was holding back women and ethnic minority musicians when music should be “non-discriminatory”.

The pianist, who has played since the age of five, is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed across the world including in New York, Paris and Canada.

 

Isata’s debut album, released this summer, will feature a collection of pieces by Clara Schumann to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the legendary composer’s birth.

Clara was the wife of German composer Robert Schumann and remained in his shadow until a revival of her work began in the 1970s.  

Isata told The Telegraph: “My sole aim with classical music is to get it out there to as many people as possible regardless of gender or colour because music is universal and therefore non-discriminatory. I think it should be open to everyone.

“Supporting women of colour in classical music is something that is important to my entire family. Because we always had each other we never felt that we were alone in classical music.

“But of course, looking out into the wider world of classical music, we are a minority. So we always hope to get more people of colour involved in classical music.”

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