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Kian Soltani


  • By the time he won first prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition 2013 in Helsinki, the 24-year-old Kian Soltani had joined the top rank of today’s new generation of cello soloists. His earlier first prizes include the Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition in Latvia as well as the International Antonio Janigro Competition in Croatia. Kian Soltani held a scholarship at the Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund and is a member of the renowned Anne-Sophie Mutter foundation.

  • Spätestens seit seinem Ersten Preis beim »Internationalen Paulo Cello Competition 2013« in Helsinki hat sich der gerade erst 24 Jahre alte Kian Soltani auf der höchsten Ebene der neuen Cellistengeneration etabliert. Weitere Erste Preise erhielt er beim »Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition« in Lettland sowie beim »International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro« in Kroatien. Kian Soltani war Stipendiat der Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund und ist Stipendiat der renommierten “Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung”.

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  • Born in Bregenz, Austria in 1992 into a Persian family of musicians, Kian Soltani was only twelve when he was accepted into the class of Ivan Monighetti, with whom he studied for 11 years at the Basel Music Academy. Since October 2014, he has been part of the Young Soloist program at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Frans Helmerson. Other strong influences have come from his studies at the International Music Academy of Liechtenstein as well as from renowned artists such as Sol Gabetta, Wolfgang Boettcher, Valter Despalj, Gerhard Mantel, David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Jens Peter Maintz, Antonio Meneses and Bernard Greenhouse. Kian Soltani regularly tours as principal cellist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim.

    At the age of 19, Kian Soltani made his successful solo debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. His appearances as a soloist and chamber musician have since included festivals and concerts with leading orchestras and at prominent halls in Europe, Asia and North America (the Vienna Musikverein, Hohenems Schubertiade, Kronberg Cello Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, iPalpiti Festival in Los Angeles, Eilat Chamber Music Festival in Israel, Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival, Next Generation Classic Festival in Bad Ragaz and the Sommets Musicaux of Gstaad). As a soloist, Soltani has appeared with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors including David Geringas, Zlatan Srzic, Sebastian Tewinkel, Ivan Monighetti, Florian Krumpöck, John Storgårds, Yasuo Shinozaki, Jukka Iisakkila and Peter Csaba.

    Kian Soltani’s first CD was a collaboration with his teacher Ivan Monighetti in Ireland, where he made world premiere recordings for the LCMS label of works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and other composers. The CD, Metamorphoses, appeared in October 2012.

    Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts with the Zürich Tonhalle-Orchestra and Sir Neville Marriner, a summer tour as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Beethoven Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim as pianist and conductor (Salzburg, Lucerne, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires), his own chamber music weekend, “Kian Soltani and his guests”, at the Schubertiade in Hohenems, the premiere of the Cello Concerto by Reza Vali, dedicated to Kian Soltani, multiple tours with Anne-Sophie Mutter and “Mutter’s Virtuosi” and performances at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bergen International Festival, Lugano Festival, Mozartfest Würzburg, Louvre Auditorium and Herkulessaal Munich.

    Kian Soltani plays the "London" Stradivarius 1694 cello, on generous loan from the J & A Beare International Violin Society.

    2016-17 season / 505 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • 1992 im österreichischen Bregenz in eine persische Musikerfamilie geboren, wurde Kian Soltani im Alter von 12 Jahren in die Klasse von Prof. Ivan Monighetti aufgenommen, bei dem er elf Jahre lang an der Musikakademie Basel studierte. Seit Oktober 2014 studiert er als Junger Solist an der Kronberg Academy bei Frans Helmerson. Wichtige Impulse gaben zusätzliche Studien an der Internationalen Musikakademie des Fürstentums Liechtenstein sowie Künstlerpersönlichkeiten wie Sol Gabetta, Wolfgang Boettcher, Valter Despalj, Gerhard Mantel, David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Jens Peter Maintz, Antonio Meneses und Bernard Greenhouse. Darüber hinaus ist Kian Soltani regelmäßig als Solo-Cellist des “West-Eastern Divan Orchestra” auf Tournee.

    Mit 19 Jahren gab Kian Soltani sein Debüt als Solist im Goldenen Saal des Wiener Musikvereins. Weitere Auftritte als Solist und Kammermusiker führten ihn in große Konzertsäle und zu internationalen Festivals in Europa, Asien und Amerika, darunter den Wiener Musikverein, die Schubertiade in Hohenems, das Cello Festival Kronberg, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, das »I Palpiti«-Festival Los Angeles, das Eilat Chamber Music Festival Israel, das Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival, das »Next Generation« Classic Festival Bad Ragaz und zu den Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Zu den Orchestern, mit denen er zusammengearbeitet hat, gehören die Zagreber Solisten, das Georgische Kammerorchester, das Arpeggione Kammerorchester, die Basel Sinfonietta, das Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, das Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein, das Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra und das Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra unter Dirigenten wie z.B. David Geringas, Zlatan Srzic, Sebastian Tewinkel, Ivan Monighetti, Florian Krumpöck, John Storgårds, Yasuo Shinozaki, Jukka Iisakkila und Peter Csaba.

    Eine erste CD-Produktion fand gemeinsam mit Ivan Monighetti in Irland statt, wo für das Label LCMS Weltersteinspielungen, unter anderem von Sofia Gubaidulina und Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, aufgenommen wurden; die CD »Metamorphoses« erschien im Oktober 2012.

    Zu den Höhepunkten der vergangenen und zukünftigen Spielzeiten gehören unter anderem Konzerte mit dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich unter Sir Neville Marriner, eine Sommertournee als Solist mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra und dem Beethoven Tripel-Konzert gemeinsam mit Daniel Barenboim als Pianist und Dirigent (Salzburg, Luzern, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires), sein eigenes Kammermusikwochenende “Kian Soltani und seine Gäste” bei der Schubertiade in Hohenems, die Erstaufführung des ihm gewidmeten Cellokonzerts von Reza Vali, mehrere Tournees mit Anne-Sophie Mutter und »Mutters Virtuosi«, sowie Auftritte beim Festival d‘Aix-en-Provence, dem Bergen International Festival, dem Lugano Festival, dem Mozartfest Würzburg, dem Auditorium du Louvre und dem Herkulessaal München.

    Kian Soltani spielt auf dem ,London‘ Stradivarius Cello von 1694, einer großzügigen Leihgabe der ,J & A Beare International Violin Society‘.

    Kian Soltani wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert.

    Spielzeit 15/16 / 463 Wörter. Keine Änderungen ohne vorherige Genehmigung.


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Concerto repertoire

Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op.56


Cello Concertos

Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102

Kol Nidrei

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2

Cello Concerto in E minor

Cello Concerto

Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 

Sinfonia concertante, Op. 125 

Concertino for 2 Cellos

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Helmut Schmidinger
Cello Concerto (written for Kian Soltani) 

Triple Concerto for Violin, Viola and Cello

Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.107
Cello Concerto N.2 in G minor, Op.126

Don Quixote, Op.35

Tan Dun
Elegy, Snow in June, for Cello and 4 Percussionists

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Pezzo capriccioso

Reza Vali
Cello Concerto (written for Kian Soltani) 
Double Concerto (written for Kian Soltani)

Cello Concertos

Of the three solo instruments, the cello has the plum part and principal cellist Kian Soltani seized his opportunity, phrasing the opening solo with exquisite subtlety. His playing throughout was superlative.

Evening Standard

Kian Soltani is a young cellist on his way to the top. But he’s not going down the well-worn paths, but rather finding his own way.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

[Soltani] lives the sounds, and makes them come alive in the most wonderful way. When he plays, you get the inescapable feeling that you're present for something big; something that's unrepeatable, that's only happening in the moment ... We are going to hear a lot more of him!

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