Kian Soltani
*1992 in Austria

2014-2015 Kronberg Academy Master
Studies with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Stephan Hutter-Stipendium

2015-2017 Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Stephan Hutter Stipendium

2012 Cello Masterclasses, concert

2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

2014 Chamber Music Connects the World, junior

2015 Mit Musik-Miteinander, tutor

2015 Appointement with Slava, concert

2015 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

2017 Kronberg Academy Fetival, concert

2019 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Kian Soltani


Kian Soltani was born into a Persian family of musicians in Bregenz (Austria). Starting at the age of 12 he studied with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Music Academy where he also gained a Bachelor’s degree. He has also taken part in a number of masterclasses and has been taught, for example, by Daniel Barenboim, Sol Gabetta, Wolfgang Boettcher, Valter Dešpalj, Frans Helmerson, Gerhard Mantel, and Bernhard Greenhouse.

His many competition successes include first prizes in the Antonio Janigro Violoncello Competition, the Karl Davidov International Cello Competition and, more recently, the renowned International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013. In addition, he was awarded the Opländer Foundation’s music promotion prize, and since 2014 he regularly has toured with Mutter’s Virtuosi as a scholarship student of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

Kian Soltani has already performed at leading music venues with orchestras such as the Basel Sinfonietta, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015 he toured with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto as a soloist with Daniel Barenboim and Guy Braunstein. In addition to his activities as a soloist he maintains a presence at festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Pablo Casals Festival. In 2015 he took part in the chamber music project Mit Musik - Miteinander as a tutor and played in the benefit concert in remembrance of the musical achievement of Mstislav Rostropovich in Kronberg Academy’s event Appointment with Slava.

Kian Soltani took part in Kronberg Academy’s Cello Masterclasses in 2012 and in Chamber Music Connects the World in 2014. In 2013 he was awarded the Leyda Ungerer Music Prize at the Kronberg Academy Festival he performed at in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Since 2014 he has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. These studies are funded by the Stephan Hutter Stipendium.

Last updated: October 2019