Rising Star: Kian Soltani - Cello & Ensemble Shiraz
The Vienna Konzerthaus and the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) nominated Kian Soltani as one of their Rising Stars for 2018. Each year, ECHO nominates a group of the most promising young musicians, giving them the opportunity to present a musical programme of their own choosing in concert halls from the ECHO network.
Kian Soltani was born into a family of Persian musicians in Austria. He enrolled at Basel Music Academy (Musikhochschule Basel) at just 12 years of age. He then joined the “Young Soloist Programme” at the Kronberg Academy before going on to study at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein. The 26-year-old cellist has already performed with several prominent ensembles, including the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, playing at some of the best concert halls in the world. The programme includes Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style), a tête-à-tête between the cello and the piano with the exceptionally talented Aaron Pilsan. Kian Soltani is also an outstanding player of the kamancheh (an Iranian bowed string instrument) and will be exploring the fascinating world of his Persian roots with the Shiraz Ensemble.
Musicians: Kian Soltani Cello – Aaron Pilsan Piano – Ensemble Shiraz
Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in the Popular Style), op. 102 Robert Schumann
Soul-Searching (commissioned by Vienna Konzerthaus and the ECHO) David Helbock
Traditional Persian Music Ensemble Shiraz
Venue: BOZAR Studio, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels