26 year old Persian-Austrian cello virtuoso Kian Soltani has in recent years firmly established an international reputation as one of the new generation’s most prodigious young concert artists – praised for his technical mastery and profound, mature conviction.
A graduate of the City of Basel Music Academy and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Ivan Monighetti and Frans Helmerson, Kian is a former 1st prize winner at the Antonio Janigro, Karl Davidof and Paulo International Cello Competitions.
Highlights of his 2017/18 season include performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, Kölner Philharmonie, Boulez Saal Berlin, Prinzregententheater Munich, Oslo Konserthus and the Hohenems Schubertiade – as well as appearances at the Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne and Aix-en- Provence Easter Festivals.
Kian recently toured as the featured soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, performing Strauss’ Don Quixote – under the direction of luminary conductor Daniel Barenboim.
He currently performs on a 1680 Grancino cello – on generous loan from the Merito String Instrument Trust.
VC ARTIST KIAN SOLTANI | SCHUMANN CELLO CONCERTO | CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH & SWR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | 2018
KIAN SOLTANI | HAYDN | CELLO CONCERTO IN C MAJOR | 3RD MVT | OLE KRISTIAN RUDD & BERGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | 2016
KIAN SOLTANI & PETRIT CEKU | PIAZZOLLA | NIGHT CLUB 1960 FROM “HISTORY OF THE TANGO” | 2016
KIAN SOLTANI | DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO | 2ND MVT | ELISABETH FUCHS & ZAGREB PHILHARMONIC | 2014
KIAN SOLTANI | DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | ELISABETH FUCHS & ZAGREB PHILHARMONIC | 2014
KIAN SOLTANI & AARON PILSAN | SCHUBERT | NACHT UND TRAUME | 2016
KIAN SOLTANI, DANIEL BARENBOIM & GUY BRAUNSTEIN | BEETHOVEN | TRIPLE CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA | 2015
KIAN SOLTANI & AARON PILSAN | NEW YORK HONK | THOMAS DEMENGA | 2016
KIAN SOLTANI | POPPER | HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY | ZAGREB SOLOISTS | 2012
KIAN SOLTANI | WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI | CELLO CONCERTO | 2013 PAULO CELLO COMPETITION | JOHN STORGARDS & HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
KIAN SOLTANI | ORIGINAL COMPOSITION | PERSIAN FIRE DANCE | 2012
Name: Kian Soltani
Strings: Larsen Cello Strings, Thomastik Cello Strings
Teacher: Frans Helmerson, Ivan Monighetti
School: Kronberg Academy, Basel Music Academy