Bonian Tian

2010 – 2012 Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
studying with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Dieter und Elisabeth Feddersen Scholarship


2010 Cello Masterclasses, Participant

2011 Cello Festival, concert

2012 Chamber Music Connects the World, Junior

2012 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2015 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2015 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Since 2018 Artistic Training Assistant for the Kronberg Academy Study Programmes

Bonian Tian


Bonian Tian was born in 1986 in Shenyang, China and began studying cello with Prof. Wang Jifu at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 1997, Bonian moved to Beijing to pursue his studies with Mrs. Na Mula at the Affiliated School of the Central Conservatory of Music before coming to Germany, first to work with David Geringas at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler", then at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and joined Kronberg Academy Further Masters Studies in October 2010 with Professor Frans Helmerson.

In 2002, Bonian was awarded 1st Prize and the Gold Medal at the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Xiamen, China, followed by 1st Prize at the Davidov International Competition in Latvia, 2nd Prize at the Fourth International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb, 1st Prize at George Enescu International Competition in Romania and 2nd Prize at the 3th International André Navarra Cello competition in France. He has appeared regularly at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Reingau Music Festival.

Bonian has performed as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Latvian National Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Orchester Salzburg, Toulouse Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Copenhagen's Tivoli, the Seoul Centre for Culture and Music, and in a private audience for Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Bonian has worked with Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gidor Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Andras Schiff, Sir Neville Marriner, Steven Isserlis and Christian Tetzlaff, among others, and in January 2010, joined the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne as Principal Cellist.

In 2010 he became Principal Cellist at the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne Philharmonic, in 2012 Cello Faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, and in 2015 Guest Professor at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing China. Since December 2018 he has been holding a position as Artistic Training Assistant at the Kronberg Academy Study Programmes.

Bonian enjoys special support from Larsen Strings A/S of Denmark, East Bridge Service Ltd. in China, and performs on a custom-made cello by Patrick Robin, Paris.

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