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Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichord

Mr. Esfahani will give a recital in the Wigmore Hall on the 9th of May 2018 and on the 2nd of February 2018, the latter concert includes Bach's Sonata in A minor after Reinken BWV965 .

He performed with Jennifer Pike on the 14th of October 2017 in the Wigmore Hall.

Wigmore Hall, 12-Sep-2017 / 19:30

Wigmore Hall, 21-Dec-2016 / 19:30

Kings Place, 15-Dec-2016 / 19:30

Royal Over-seas League, 28-Nov-2016 / 19:30

Mahan Esfahani, the Iranian-born harpsichordist virtuoso, performed a stirring programme of baroque and contemporary classics at the Royal Overseas League in London, together with the London-based string orchestra Russian Virtuosi of Europe conducted by Yuri Zhislin.

"I am known to the London public as someone who always has a new surprise in store," said Mr. Esfahani. "You cannot predict what I’m going to play or how I’m going to play it, and with the inclusion of both a modern concerto and a concerto from the golden age of the harpsichord I seek to show how ‘contemporary’ a work by someone like Bach is."

"When the harpsichord was taken over by the Early Music movement its relevance as a solo instrument - particularly for contemporary music - got left by the wayside. It’s something that I lament, and my sense of drive comes from the fact that I’m obsessed with my instrument and I want to share that with others. The harpsichord is as relevant as anything else that’s beautiful for a 21st-century audience."

Born in Tehran in 1984, Mr. Esfahani is an award-winning harpsichordist and musicologist who studied at Stanford University in California. His recordings on Hyperion and Deutsche Grammophon have been welcomed with critical acclaim.

Mr. Esfahani was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 to 2010, the first harpsichordist to enjoy this honor. In 2009, he received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, once again the first harpsichordist to be decorated as such. His Wigmore Hall debut was in 2009, and in 2015 he became a professor of harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The Russian Virtuosi of Europe was founded in London in 2004 by Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin in order to bring together musicians who are passionate about Russia’s classical music heritage and the Western tradition of chamber music. The musicians have earned awards in almost all of the major international competitions - Paganini, Michael Hill, Lipitzer, and Queen Elisabeth competitions. Their latest release on Orchid Classics was selected as BBC music Magazine’s Orchestral Choice (5*), and Classic FM’s Critic’s Choice.

Wigmore Hall, 19-Jul-2016 / 19:30

Wigmore Hall, 18-Feb-2016 / 19:30

Wigmore Hall, 15-Jul-2014 / 19:30

Kings Place, 18-Oct-2013 / 19:30

Mr. Esfahani played Bach's Goldberg Variations, part of the BBC Chamber Proms on the 18th of July 2011 at the Cadogan Hall.

He made his BBC Chamber Proms debut on the 30th of August 2009 also at the Cadogan Hall.