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Kian Soltani

Cello
Artist in Residence, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2019)

  • 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.

  • Wenn Kian Soltani musiziert, öffnen sich Welten: Individualität, Ausdruckstiefe und ein charismatisches Auftreten zeichnen den jungen Österreicher mit iranischen Wurzeln aus. Soltani besticht durch seine Bühnenpräsenz, seine technische Brillanz und die Fähigkeit, stets unmittelbar eine besondere emotionale Verbindung mit dem Publikum entstehen zu lassen.

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  • In 2019/20 Soltani makes debuts with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Hallé, KBS Symphony and Orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing. Recent orchestral highlights include the Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Boston Symphony and Tonhalle Orchestras. In 2019, he is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artist in Residence and 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 spring 2020. In 2018/19 Soltani performed at venues including the Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Barbican Centre, Cologne Philharmonie and Stockholm Concert Hall as part of the ECHO Rising Stars scheme.


    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 next disc for Deutsche Grammophon is scheduled for release in late 2019.


    Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of nineteen with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Goldener Saal and at the Hohenems Schubertiade. He attracted further 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 aged 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.

    2019/20 season / 514 words. Not to be altered without permission.

    Intermusica represents Kian Soltani worldwide.
  • In der Saison 19/20 ist Kian Soltani Solist der Münchner Philharmoniker, des Chicago Symphony Orchestra, des Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, der Filarmonica della Scala, der Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, des Hallé Orchestra, des KBS Symphony Orchestra und des Orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing. Jüngste Highlights sind Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern, dem London Philharmonic Orchestra, der Staatskapelle Berlin, dem Boston Symphony Orchestra und dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Kian Soltani ist 2019 „Artist in Residence“ des Royal Philharmonic Orchestra und setzt seine im November 2018 begonnene dreijährige Residenz am Konzerthaus Dortmund als „Junger Wilder“ fort.


    Als Kammermusiker war Soltani kürzlich in der Carnegie Hall New York, bei den Festspielen in Salzburg und Luzern, in der Wigmore Hall in London und im Boulez Saal Berlin zu erleben. In den Boulez Saal Berlin wird er im Frühjahr 2020 zurückkehren, um einen Abend der Cello-Musik zu kuratieren. 2018/19 spielte Soltani u.a. in der Philharmonie de Paris, im Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, im Barbican Centre London, in der Kölner Philharmonie und in der Stockholm Concert Hall als Teil des ECHO Rising Stars Programms.


    2017 unterzeichnete er einen Exklusivvertrag mit der Deutschen Grammophon, die seine erste CD „Home“ mit Werken für Cello und Klavier von Schubert, Schumann und Reza Vali im Februar 2018 veröffentlichte. Ihr folgte im August 2018 eine Mozart CD mit Daniel und Michael Barenboim und Yulia Deyneka. Im April 2019 erschien bei Warner Classics eine Live-Aufnahme der Dvořák und Tschaikowski Klaviertrios mit Lahav Shani und Renaud Capuçon vom Aix Easter Festival 2018.


    Kian Soltani wurde 1992 in Bregenz in eine persische Musikerfamilie geboren, Mit vier Jahren begann er Cello zu spielen. Mit zwölf wurde er in die Klasse von Ivan Monighetti an der Musikhochschule Basel aufgenommen. Seinen internationalen Durchbruch erreichte Kian Soltani im Alter von 19 Jahren mit gefeierten Debüts im Goldenen Saal des Wiener Musikvereins und bei der Schubertiade Hohenems. Ferner machte der Gewinn des internationalen Paulo Cello Wettbewerbs in Helsinki im April 2013 international auf Soltani aufmerksam. 2014 wurde Soltani Stipendiat der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung. Im gleichen Jahr schloss er sein Studium an der Kronberg Academy ab. An der internationalen Musikakademie in Liechtenstein konnte er weitere wichtige Erfahrungen sammeln.


    2017 zeichnete das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Kian Soltani mit dem Leonard Bernstein Award aus, 2018 erhielt er den Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.


    Dank einer großzügigen Leihgabe eines Sponsors durch die Beare's International Violin Society spielt Kian Soltani die "London ex Boccherini 1694" Stradivari.

    Kian Soltani wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert.

    Spielzeit 19/20 / 455 Wörter. Bitte drucken Sie diese Biographie unverändert ab. Kürzungen und Auslassungen bedürfen der Rücksprache mit dem Künstlermanagement. Vielen Dank!

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
Nicholas Collon
Péter Csaba
Christoph von Dohnányi
Christoph Eschenbach
James Gaffigan
Edward Gardner
Gustavo Gimeno
Antony Hermus
Manfred Honeck
Florian Krumpöck
Paavo Järvi
James Judd
Cristian Măcelaru
Ivan Monighetti
Gianandrea Noseda
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Antonio Pappano
Itzhak Perlman
Vassily Petrenko
Clemens Schuldt
Lahav Shani
Alexander Shelley
John Storgårds
Robin Ticciati
Robert Trevino
Krzysztof Urbański
Joshua Weilerstein
Franz Welser-Möst
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
Senior Artist Manager (Berlin)
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.co.uk

Lucy Saunders
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9936
lsaunders@intermusica.co.uk

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

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles