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.
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.
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