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Kian Soltani

Cello
Artist in Residence, Residentie Orkest (2018/19 season)

  • 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 Cellisten aus. Sie haben Kian Soltani zu einem der aufregendsten Musiker seiner Generation werden lassen.

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  • In 2018/19, Soltani makes debuts with orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Berlin Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and National Symphony Orchestra, Washington. Soltani also returns to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and will appear as the soloist on the West Eastern Divan Orchestra’s major US tour with Daniel Barenboim, performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Symphony Center Chicago and the Kennedy Center Washington. In October 2018, Soltani commences his season-long residency with the Residentie Orkest.


    As a recitalist, Soltani makes his debut at Carnegie Hall in spring 2019, returns to the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, Wigmore Hall and the Boulez Saal, and further recital appearances include 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.


    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 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.


    Soltani plays on a cello by brothers Giovanni and Francesco Grancino made in Milan in 1680, on generous loan from the MERITO Strings Instrument Trust.

    2018/19 season / 465 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Seine Debüts im Wiener Musikverein und bei der Schubertiade Hohenems, aber vor allem sein Gewinn des Internationalen Paulo Cello-Wettbewerbs in Helsinki machten weltweit auf Soltani aufmerksam.


    Im Sommer 2015 war Soltani Solist in Beethovens Tripelkonzert zusammen mit Daniel Barenboim, Guy Braunstein und dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Berlin auf der Waldbühne, bei den Festspielen in Salzburg und Luzern, den BBC Proms in London und im Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. 2016 gründete Daniel Barenboim gemeinsam mit dem Geiger Michael Barenboim und dem Cellisten Kian Soltani ein Trio, das erstmals im Sommer 2016 Konzerte im Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires gab. In der Spielzeit 2017/18 wird das Trio sämtliche Klaviertrios von Beethoven im Pierre Boulez Saal zur Aufführung bringen, gepaart mit zeitgenössischen Kompositionen.


    Höhepunkte seiner Saison 2017/2018 sind Auftritte in der Alten Oper Frankfurt, der Philharmonie de Paris, der Royal Festival Hall London, der Kölner Philharmonie, dem Boulez Saal in Berlin, dem Prinzregententheater in München, dem Konzerthaus Oslo, bei der Schubertiade Hohenems, sowie Konzerte bei den Festspielen in Salzburg, Verbier, Luzern und Aix-en-Provence. Mit Daniel Barenboim und dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ist er dieses Jahr mit Strauss’ Don Quixote auf Welttournee. Sein Deutsche Grammophon Debütalbum „Home“ wird im Januar 2018 international veröffentlicht.


    Kian Soltani wurde 1992 in Bregenz in eine persische Musikerfamilie geboren. Mit vier Jahren begann er Cello zu spielen und wurde mit gerade einmal zwölf Jahren in die Klasse von Ivan Monighetti an der Musikhochschule Basel aufgenommen. 2014 wurde er Stipendiat der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung und schloss sein Studium im Rahmen des Programms Junge Solisten an der Kronberg Academy ab. An der internationalen Musikakademie in Liechtenstein konnte er wichtige musikalische Erfahrungen sammeln.

    Kian Soltani wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert.

    Spielzeit 17/18 / 270 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

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


Bloch 
Schelomo


Boccherini
Cello Concertos


Brahms
Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102


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

Daniel Barenboim
Nicholas Collon
Péter Csaba
Christoph von Dohnányi
Christoph Eschenbach
James Gaffigan
Edward Gardner
Gustavo Gimeno
Antony Hermus
Manfred Honeck
Florian Krumpöck
James Judd
Cristian Măcelaru
Ivan Monighetti
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Itzhak Perlman
Vassily Petrenko
Clemens Schuldt
John Storgårds
Robin Ticciati
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
+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

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles