Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been made an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to music.
The 20-year-old cellist and Decca recording artist will receive the award as part of the Queen’s New Years Honours.
“To be awarded the MBE for services to music is amazing,” Sheku said.
“I was so lucky to have the dedicated support of my parents in giving me the opportunity to have specialist music lessons from a young child. I also had incredible support from the state schools I attended in Nottingham where music was promoted for its value in developing listening skills, teamwork, self-expression and hard work.
“The love and enjoyment for this great art is something that should be available to everyone, regardless of background.”
After winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku played to an audience of two billion people at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and quickly found international fame as a soloist.