Abbado Conducts Beethoven
Roberto Abbado, conductor
Kian Soltani, cello
Brahms — Tragic Overture
Beethoven — Symphony No. 8
Dvořák — Cello Concerto
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
Tickets start at $29
Roberto Abbado is the Musical Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía at the Valencia and of Parma’s Green Festivals. He studied orchestra conducting under Franco Ferrara at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he was invited to lead the Santa Cecilia Orchestra — the only student in the history of the academy to have been given the honor. Abbado received the prestigious Abbiati Award by the Italian Music Critics Association for his “accomplished interpretive maturity.”
Abbado made his debut in the United States in 1991 in New York, conducting the St. Luke’s Orchestra. Since then, he has returned to the U.S. to lead the Symphonic Orchestra of cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and San Francisco, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
He has worked with many ensembles, the most significant of which include his symphonic tours with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.
Rave reviews and invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls have propelled the 26-year-old cellist Kian Soltani from rising star to one of the most exciting musicians of this generation.
Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of 19 with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. 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.”
Soltani was born in Bregenz, Austria, in 1992 to a family of Persian musicians. He began playing cello at age 4, and he was only 12 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 he furthered his studies as a member of the Young Soloist program at Kronberg Academy in Germany. He received additional important musical training at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.