Bonian Tian is one of the famous chinese Cellist. He is the Principal Cellist of Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne Philharmonic and Cologne Opera, and teaching at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Kronberg Academy, Orchestra Central Dortmund (Orchesterzentrum NRW Dortmund), and also as Guest Professor at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing China.
In 2002, Bonian was awarded 1st Prize and the Gold Medal at the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Xiamen, China, followed by 1st Prize at the Davidov International Competition in Latvia, 2nd Prize at the Fourth International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb, 1st Prize at George Enescu International Competition in Romania and 2nd Prize at the 3th International André Navarra Cello competition in France. He has appeared regularly at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival , Reingau Music Festival.
Bonian has performed as a soloist with the China Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Latvian National Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic, NCPA Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Orchester Salzburg, Gürzenich Orchester Cologne Philarmonic, Toulouse Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, NCPA Concert Hall, Copenhagen's Tivoli, the Seoul Centre for Culture and Music, and in a private audience for Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Bonian has worked with Christoph Eschenbach , Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Neville Marriner, Markus Stenz, Leif Segerstam, Gidor Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Andras Schiff, Steven Isserlis and Christian Tetzlaff, among others.Bonian enjoys special support from Larsen Strings A/S of Denmark, and performs on a custom-made cello by Patrick Robin, Paris.
Bonian was born in China and began studying cello with Prof. Wang Jifu at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 1997, Bonian moved to Beijing to pursue his studies with Prof. Na Mula at the Affiliated School of the Central Conservatory of Music before coming to Germany, first to work with Prof. David Geringas at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler", then at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and joined Kronberg Academy with Prof. Frans Helmerson.