Barenboim cellist wins Bernstein prize

Barenboim cellist wins Bernstein prize


norman lebrecht

February 03, 2017

The Austrian cellist Kian Soltani, 24, has been named winner of the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals.

A former member of Barenboim’s WestEastern Diwan Orchestra, Kian has received a bursary for the past two years from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

The Bernstein Prize is worth 10,000 Euros.

photo: Juventino Mateo)


  • Neil van der Linden says:

    In fact Iranian-, or as his website states Persian-Austrian. An immigrant. Like Barenboim and like Bernstein’s families have an immigration history. And flourished in their various new environments.

  • John says:

    An excellent and deserving young artist. Heard him in Lucerne with Barenboim in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto a couple of years ago. Congratulations to him.

  • Ravi Narasimhan says:

    I enjoyed a Mendelssohn piano trio he did in LA back in 2009 with Catharina Chen and Mariangela Vacatello, audience favorite at that year’s Cliburn. Memorable ensemble playing. Glad to see he is doing well.