Not another young cellist….

Not another young cellist….


norman lebrecht

January 11, 2018

We reported last week on the sudden profusion of cellist debuts on record.

Here’s one we forgot.

Aged 25, first release tomorrow.

press blurb:

On his debut Deutsche Grammophon album, cellist Kian Soltani traces his musical roots in works by Schubert, Schumann and Iranian composer Reza Vali

Born in 1992 to Iranian parents in the Austrian town of Bregenz, Kian Soltani is one of the most exciting cellists of his generation. “I’ve always felt at home in Austria”, he says. “And yet, the Persian side of my family gave me a chance to grow up with two cultures.” Bringing together Austro-German Romantic works and contemporary Iranian music, Soltani’s debut DG album, Home, expresses that sense of being rooted in a dual heritage. His pianist is Aaron Pilsan, whose background has parallels with Soltani’s. Home is due for release on 12 January, and Soltani and Pilsan will be performing some of its repertoire live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin early in the new year.


  • Michael Evans says:

    He’s pretty good too………………..

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Unlike Home, Soltani and Pilsan, the names Schubert and Schumann are barely readable in the above image of the CD cover.

  • MacroV says:

    With respect to the recent wave of cello debut recordings…There are a lot of great cellists (and every other instrumentalist) these days. Anyone who wins a job these days in an A-list orchestra could likely produce an equally fine recording.

  • Paul Wells says:

    I’m told a lot of cellists were young at one point in their careers.

  • Max Grimm says:

    “We reported last week on the sudden profusion of cellist debuts on record.

    Here’s one we forgot.”

    You seem to have forgotten this as well….

  • harold braun says:

    But he IS fantastic!

  • esfir ross says:

    Congratulation to Aaron Pilsan for career success and his father whom I met at Meiningen competition.

  • Soy Boy says:

    It is so pathetic to see what DG has degenerated into

  • Mark Allgood says:

    Laura Van Der Heyden is still my favourite!

  • David Nice says:

    When he plays the finest Strauss Don Quixote you’ve ever heard in a concert hall then, yes, he is one in a million. Barenboim’s interpretation may have had its drawbacks but Soltani was superlative at every turn.