Kian Soltani, Cello
Aaron Pilsan, Piano
Kian Soltani, Cello
Aaron Pilsan, Piano
SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40
PIAZZOLLA Le Grand Tango
THOMAS DEMENGA "New York Honk"
Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Kian Soltani’s playing is characterized by a depth of expression, sense of individuality, and technical mastery, along with a charismatic stage presence and ability to create an immediate emotional connection with his audience. Invited by the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and recital promoters, he has been propelled from rising-star status to one of the most talked about cellists performing today.
The 2018–2019 season features Mr. Soltani’s debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and appeared as the soloist on the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s US tour with Daniel Barenboim. In October 2018, he commenced a season-long residency with the Residentie Orkest.
In 2017, Mr. Soltani signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon; his ﬁrst disc, Home—which features works for cello and piano by Schubert, Schumann, and Reza Vali—was released to international acclaim in February 2018. His recording of the Mozart piano quartets with Daniel and Michael Barenboim and Yulia Deyneka was released in August 2018.
Born in Bregenz in 1992 to a family of Persian musicians, Mr. Soltani began playing the cello at age four, and at age 12 he joined Ivan Monighetti’s class at the City of Basel Music Academy. He was awarded a scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2014, and completed his studies at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. Mr. Soltani plays a Giovanni and Francesco Grancino cello made in Milan in 1680, on generous loan from the MERITO Strings Instrument Trust.
Aaron Pilsan is internationally described as a future star of the piano world. Selected by the influential German magazine Fono Forum as Best Young Artist of the Year in 2011, he was subsequently chosen to perform for ECHO Rising Stars in 2014.
Mr. Pilsan has been invited to leading festivals around the world, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Bregenz Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, and Kissinger Sommer. He has graced the stages of Europe’s major venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Pierre Boulez Saal, Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie de Paris, and Philharmonie Luxembourg.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Pilsan regularly performs with Kian Soltani, Isabelle Faust, Sharon Kam, the Szymanowski Quartet, and Quartetto di Cremona. He has collaborated with composers Jörg Widmann and Thomas Larcher, and recently performed the world premiere of a work by Reza Vali for cello and piano at the Pierre Boulez Saal.
Mr. Pilsan’s debut recording on the Naïve label—featuring works by Schubert and Beethoven—was highly acclaimed by the international press. In January 2018, Deutsche Grammophon released Home, a musical tribute to his hometown in Austria together with longtime duo partner Kian Soltani.
Born in 1995 in Dornbirn, Austria, Mr. Pilsan began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and is currently a protégé of Lars Vogt. He has been supported by the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists, is a scholar of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, and was awarded the Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk in August 2017.