- Christoph Eschenbach,
- Kian Soltani
Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 1 Es-Dur op. 107 (1959)
Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 3 d-Moll (1873)
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Ever since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. It forms the centrepiece of the educational work performed by one of the most important classical music festivals, held...
Ever since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. It forms the centrepiece of the educational work performed by one of the most important classical music festivals, held annually in the north of Germany. With its concerts it does not only delight audiences in Schleswig-Holstein, but also on concert tours to Europe's musical centres, North and South America and Asia.
Anually auditions are offered in 35 cities across North and South America, Asia, Europe to more than 1.500 young musicians. A jury admits approximately 120 handpicked musicians, between 16 and 26 years old, to join the orchestra. In other words, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra is comprised of the world’s finest young musicians.
During the summer, experienced teachers from famous orchestras guide sectional rehearsals. Great conductors like Ton Koopman, Iván Fischer, Michael Sanderling, Manfred Honeck, Krzysztof Urbanski, Vladimir Jurowski regularly work with the young musicians. Since 2004 Christoph Eschenbach is Principal Conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Under the guidance of these mentors, the orchestra has the opportunity to read, study and perform the greatest orchestral music.
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world ( Vienna, Berlin , Paris, London, New York, Boston , Chicago , Los Angeles, Milan, Roma, Munich, Dresden , Leipzig, Madrid,Tokyo, Shanghai…) Christoph...
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world ( Vienna, Berlin , Paris, London, New York, Boston , Chicago , Los Angeles, Milan, Roma, Munich, Dresden , Leipzig, Madrid,Tokyo, Shanghai…) Christoph Eschenbach is currently Chefdirigent designed of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He was formerly Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (2010-2017), of the Orchestre de Paris (2000-2010), the Philadelphia Orchestra (2003-2008), the NDR Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004) and the Houston Symphony (1988-1999).
He is regularly invited to perform at prestigious music festivals including Salzburg, Prag,Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg and Granada.
A prolific recording artist over five decades, Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from Bach to music of our time and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but the music of the late-20th and early-21st-century as well. In 2014 he received a Grammy Awards for his Hindemith CD with violinist Midori and the NDR Symphony Orchestra.
Christoph Eschenbach was mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, and it is very important to him to pass on musical knowledge and experience, dedicating time each season to run master classes and orchestra academies for young performers such as Schleswig-Holstein Academy Orchestra, Kronberg Academy, Manhattan School of Music.
His many honors include the French distinctions of Légion d’Honneur, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also carries the Commander’s Cross of German Order of Merit, the Leonards Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival.
In 2015 he received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens music Award in honour of his life’s dedication to music.
New worlds of imagination appear whenever Kian Soltani makes music. A sense of individuality, depth of expression and charismatic presence are among the elements of the young Austrian cellist’s captivating artistry. Rave reviews and invitations to perform at...
New worlds of imagination appear whenever Kian Soltani makes music. A sense of individuality, depth of expression and charismatic presence are among the elements of the young Austrian cellist’s captivating artistry. Rave reviews and invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls have propelled the 25-year-old musician from rising star to one of the most exciting musicians of this generation.
Kian Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of nineteen with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Goldener Saal and at the Hohenems Schubertiade. He attracted further worldwide attention in April 2013 as winner of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki where he was hailed by Ostinato magazine as “a soloist of the highest level among the new generation of cellists”. In December 2017, Soltani was awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and as part of the Lucerne Festival 2018 will perform in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.
In the summer of 2015 he joined Daniel Barenboim as one of the soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, performing the work during the West Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Waldbühnenkonzert in Berlin, at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, at the BBC Proms in London, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Daniel Barenboim founded a piano trio with violinist Michael Barenboim and Kian, performing together for the first time in summer 2016 in Buenos Aires. In the 17-18 season, the trio performs the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in the Pierre Boulez Saal, paired with contemporary compositions.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, Kölner Philharmonie, Boulez Saal Berlin, Prinzregententheater Munich, Oslo Konserthus and the Hohenems Schubertiade, as well as appearances at the Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne and Aix-en Provence Easter Festivals. Soltani was again the soloist with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and Barenboim, performing Strauss’ Don Quixote on a worldwide tour throughout 2017. His debut Deutsche Grammophon album, “Home”, comprising works for cello and piano by Schubert, Schumann and Reza Vali, is set for international release in February 2018.
Kian Soltani was born in Bregenz in 1992 to a family of Persian musicians. He began playing cello at age four and was only twelve when he joined Ivan Monighetti’s class at the Basel Music Academy. He was chosen as an Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship holder in 2014, and completed his further studies as a member of the Young Soloist Programme at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. He received additional important musical training at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.
Kian Soltani plays on the “London” Stradivarius 1694 cello, on generous loan from the J & A Beare International Violin Society.
Season 2017/2018 - This biography is available by courtesy of Intermusica