QSO Plays The Russians
Fiery, impassioned, full of power and beauty with a touch of the exotic, experience the great Russian composers – Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov.
We open with Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Voyevoda Ballad, almost lost to us when the composer destroyed the full score after reading a scathing review of the first performance. Luckily, it was secretly preserved.
Acclaimed young cellist Kian Soltani presents his noted interpretation of one of the most challenging works for cello, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1.
Then music of hope and redemption: Rachmaninov’s hauntingly beautiful second symphony, an all-time favourite.
Tchaikovsky, Voyevoda, Symphonic Ballad
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No.1
Rachmaninov, Symphony No.2
Conductor Lukasz Borowicz
Cello Kian Soltani
Cellist: Kian Soltani
He’s still something of an insider’s tip, this 21-year-old cellist. Yet by the time he won first prize at this year’s International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, Kian Soltani had joined the top rank of today’s new generation of cello soloists, acclaimed for his deep musical passion and complete mastery of the instrument. His earlier first prizes include the Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition in Latvia as well as the International Antonio Janigro Competition in Croatia. In 2013 the Kronberg Academy awarded Soltani the Leyda Ungerer Music Prize.
His appearances as a soloist and chamber musician have included festivals and concerts with leading orchestras and at prominent halls in Europe, Asia and North America. As a soloist, Soltani has appeared with such ensembles as the Zagreb Soloists, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra, Basle Sinfonietta, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with conductors including David Geringas, Zlatan Srzic, Sebastian Tewinkel, Ivan Monighetti, Florian Krumpöck, John Storgårds, Yasuo Shinozaki, Jukka Iisakkila and Peter Csaba.
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