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

  • Kian Soltani's Cello Unlimited

    Kian Soltani, Alexander Warenberg, Stefano Bruno, Isaac Lottman, Florianne Remme, Emma van Schadewijk, Geneviève Verhage, Kalle de Bie
    Sat 2 Nov 23:30 - 00:45
    Compelling film music from Hollywood blockbusters
    Main Hall
    Sat 2 Nov
    23:30 - 00:45
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  • Kian Soltani

    Mon 4 Nov 10:15 - 12:00
    Mon 4 Nov
    10:15 - 12:00
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  • Kian Soltani & Friends

    Wed 6 Nov 22:00 - 23:00
    Traditional and modern Persian sounds
    Wed 6 Nov
    22:00 - 23:00
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  • Kian Soltani

    Bach & Breakfast
    Sat 9 Nov 09:30 - 10:00
    Start the day with a Cello Suite by Bach
    Main Hall
    Sat 9 Nov
    09:30 - 10:00
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  • Residentie Orkest

    Mischa Maisky, Kian Soltani
    Sun 10 Nov 15:00 - 16:15
    Schelomo and the peak of the ninth Cello Biënnale
    Main Hall
    Sun 10 Nov
    15:00 - 16:15
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