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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Kian Soltani, Cello
Aaron Pilsan, Piano

Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Kian Soltani by Holger Hage / DG, Aaron Pilsan by Marie Staggat
A critically acclaimed performance as cello soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 2015 launched Kian Soltani’s international career. In November 2018, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with Barenboim and the orchestra performing Strauss’s Don Quixote. Soltani returns for his Carnegie Hall recital debut in a program that’s rich in romance and riveting virtuosity.

Part of: Distinctive Debuts

Performers

Kian Soltani, Cello
Aaron Pilsan, Piano

Program

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


Encore:

THOMAS DEMENGA "New York Honk"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

At a Glance

SCHUMANN  Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

Originally written for French horn, this richly lyrical diptych has become a standard of the cello literature. Although the valve horn had been in existence for some 30 years by the time Schumann wrote it in 1849, the older natural horn still held sway in most European orchestras. The Adagio and Allegro helped gain the new instrument wider acceptance.

 

BEETHOVEN  Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

One of Beethoven’s most intricately wrought chamber pieces, the A-Major Sonata combines tunefulness and brilliance in equal measure. Sonatas for cello and piano were still a novelty in the early 1800s, in part because composers had not yet solved the problem of balance between the two instruments. Beethoven’s five sonatas inspired other composers to come up with their own solutions later in the century.

 

SHOSTAKOVICH  Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor of 1934 is a study in sharp and often jarring contrasts, veering from one stylistic and emotional extreme to another. In harmonizing these diverse and often discordant elements, the young Russian composer created a highly personal musical language of extraordinary power and beauty.

 

PIAZZOLLA  Le Grand Tango

As both composer and popular band leader, Piazzolla played a major role in the revival of the traditional Argentinian tango after World War II. This high-spirited piece, written for Mstislav Rostropovich, enlivens the tango’s characteristic duple-time swing with sophisticated rhythms, harmonies, and instrumental effects.

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Kian Soltani

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 ...

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.

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Aaron Pilsan

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 ...

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.

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