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The cellist Kian Soltani is the winner of the 2018 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which includes not only a cash prize in the amount of 75,000 CHF but also the opportunity to debut in this evening’s concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Born in 1992 in Bregenz, Austria, into a Persian musical family, Soltani began studying cello with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music at the age of 12. He completed his training with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy; other important influences come from his scholarship studies supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Following his initial successes at the Karl Davidoff and Antonio Janigro Competitions in Latvia and Croatia, respectively, Soltani won first prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013, the Luitpold Prize at the Kissinger Sommer in 2014, and the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2017. Soltani made his debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems at the age of 19. Since then he has performed with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In the 2017-18 season, he also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Soltani regularly partners with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, with whom he has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He will play in the major European concert halls as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation during the 2018-19 season. In January 2018, he released his first solo CD, titled Home, which includes works by Schubert and Schumann as well as Persian folk music. Kian Soltani plays a Stradivari built in 1694.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2015 performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Guy Braunstein, Daniel Barenboim, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.