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Kian Soltani

Cello

  • Hailed by The Times as a “remarkable cellist” and described by Gramophone as “sheer perfection”, Kian Soltani’s playing is characterised by a depth of expression, sense of individuality and technical mastery, alongside a charismatic stage presence and ability to create an immediate emotional connection with his audience. He is now invited by the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and recital promoters, propelling him from rising star to one of the most talked about cellists performing today.

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  • In 2020/21 Soltani has been invited to make debuts with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, Soltani will embark on extensive orchestral touring including with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, Bolshoi Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France and Myung-whun Chung and the Tonhalle Orchestra with Paavo Järvi. Recent orchestral highlights include the Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, NCPAO, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Soltani commences a multi-year residency with Junge Wilde at Konzerthaus Dortmund from Autumn 2018.


    As a recitalist, Soltani has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, Wigmore Hall and the Boulez Saal, where he will return to curate an evening of cello music in April 2021. In January 2021, Soltani will perform Beethoven trios on tour with Daniel and Michael Barenboim at venues including Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, London Southbank Centre and Munich Philharmonie im Gasteig.


    In 2017, Soltani signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and his first disc ‘Home’, comprising works for cello and piano by Schubert, Schumann and Reza Vali, was released to international acclaim in February 2018, with Gramophone describing the recording as “sublime”. His recording of the Mozart Piano Quartets with Daniel and Michael Barenboim and Yulia Deyneka was released in August 2018. In April 2019, Warner Classics released a disc of the Dvorak and Tchaikovsky Piano Trios with Lahav Shani and Renaud Capucon, recorded live at Aix Easter Festival in 2018. Soltani’s latest disc for Deutsche Grammophon was released in August 2020 and features Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, amongst other works arranged by Soltani for solo and cello ensemble.


    Soltani attracted worldwide attention in April 2013 as winner of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki where he was hailed by Ostinato magazine as “a soloist of the highest level among the new generation of cellists”. In February 2017 Soltani won Germany’s celebrated Leonard Bernstein Award and in December 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.


    Born in Bregenz, Austria, in 1992 to a family of Persian musicians, Soltani began playing the cello at age four and was only twelve when he joined Ivan Monighetti’s class at the Basel Music Academy. He was chosen as an Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship holder in 2014, and completed his further studies as a member of the Young Soloist Programme at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. He received additional important musical training at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.


    Kian Soltani plays " The London, ex Boccherini" Antonio Stradivari cello, kindly loaned to him by a generous sponsor through the Beares International Violin Society.

    2020/21 season / 545 words. Not to be altered without permission.

    Intermusica represents Kian Soltani worldwide.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Bloch 
Schelomo


Boccherini
Cello Concertos


Bruch
Kol Nidrei


Dvorák
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104


Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85


Gulda
Cello Concerto


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


Khachaturian
Cello Concerto in E minor


Lalo
Cello Concerto


Lutoslawski
Cello Concerto


Popper
Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 


Prokofiev
Sinfonia concertante, Op. 125 


Romberg
Concertino for 2 Cellos


Saint-Saëns
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor


Helmut Schmidinger
Cello Concerto (written for Kian Soltani) 


Schnittke
Triple Concerto for Violin, Viola and Cello


Schumann
Cello Concerto


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


Strauss
Don Quixote, Op.35


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


Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Nocturne
Pezzo capriccioso


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


Walton
Cello Concerto


Vivaldi
Cello Concertos

Conductors

Marin Alsop
Daniel Barenboim
Lionel Bringuier
Alpesh Chauhan
Myung-whun Chung
Nicholas Collon
Péter Csaba
Christoph von Dohnányi
Christoph Eschenbach
James Gaffigan
Edward Gardner
Gustavo Gimeno
Antony Hermus
Manfred Honeck
Paavo Järvi
James Judd
Florian Krumpöck
Clemens Schuldt
Alexander Shelley
Cristian Măcelaru
Ivan Monighetti
Gianandrea Noseda
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Antonio Pappano
Itzhak Perlman
Vassily Petrenko
Lahav Shani
John Storgårds
Robin Ticciati
Robert Trevino
Krzysztof Urbański
Franz Welser-Möst
Joshua Weilerstein
Simone Young
Jaap van Zweden


 

Kian Soltani was the sublime cello soloist, effortlessly lyrical and profoundly touching in the closing moments... The whole thing was outstanding – the best performance of the work I’ve heard live.

The Guardian

He’s a remarkable cellist, with a piercingly beautiful tone and utterly pure intonation.

The Times

Sheer perfection... [Soltani] has all the qualities needed to win consistent critical acclaim, namely innate musicality, a yielding svelte tone, an agile bowing arm and a skilful deployment of varied vibrato. Listening to him is a great pleasure.

Gramophone

Intermusica represents Kian Soltani Worldwide

Aimee Chow
Director (Berlin)
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.co.uk

Jessica Barra
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9942
jbarra@intermusica.co.uk

Nicola Friemel
Senior Artist Manager - German-speaking territories only
+44 20 7608 9941
nfriemel@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles