Kian Soltani


Kian Soltani (Bregenz, Austria 1992) was born into a family of Persian musicians and started playing the cello when he was 4 years old. At the age of 12 he was admitted to the class of Ivan Monighetti at the Musik Akademie Basel. In 2014 he obtained a grant from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation with which he completed his further studies within the Young Soloist Program at the German Kronberg Academy. Later he also received further musical training at the Internationale Musikakademie im Fürstentum Liechtenstein. Kian has won several international competitions: the Karl Davidoff Competition in Latvia, the Antonio Janigro Competition in Croatia, and the Paolo Competition in Finland. In January 2018, his debut album was released on Deutsche Grammophon, to which he is exclusively associated. He released a new album featuring Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in 2020, playing with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim. His album Cello Unlimited was released in 2021 with compositions by Hans Zimmer and himself. Kian Soltani plays the 'London' Stradivarius 1694 cello (ex Boccherini), made available to him by the J & A Beare International Violin Society. 

Plays in