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Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichord

Mr. Esfahani will perform on the 11th of June 2020.

Unfortunately, Esfahani's performance of Bach's French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV813, Prelude in A minor BWV922, Fugue in B minor BWV951 and French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV814 scheduled for the 18th of March 2020 at the Wigmore Hall was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Milton Court, 18-Jan-2020 / 19:30

Milton Court, 18-Jan-2020 / 13:30

He performed on the 2nd of October 2019. He played Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Quartet in A minor Wq. 93, Manuel de Falla's Harpsichord Concerto, Strauss Suite from Capriccio and a new work for harpsichord and chamber group by Laurence Osborn with the Britten Sinfonia at lunchtime on the 2th of October 2019 at the Wigmore Hall.

Wigmore Hall, 9-Jul-2019 / 19:30

He became a professor of harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015.

Wigmore Hall, 13-Mar-2019 / 19:30

Recital with Die Kölner Akademie

  • JC Bach:
    • Symphony in D Op. 3 No. 1
    • Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F minor
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F K37
  • CPE Bach: Symphony in E minor Wq. 178
  • Hugo Distler: Harpsichord Concerto Op. 14

Mr. Esfahani took part in a performance lecture on the 9th of March 2019 at the Barbican Hall.

He performed on the 17th of January 2019 at Milton Court.

"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."

Wigmore Hall, 1-Oct-2018 / 19:30

  • Bach:
    • Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV825
    • Sonata in A minor BWV967
    • Italian Concerto in F BWV971
    • Ouvertüre nach französischer Art BWV831

Royal Albert Hall, 5-Aug-2018 / 15:00

  • Bach, Brandenburg Concertos:
    • No. 1 in F major
    • No. 3 in G major
    • No 5 in D major
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage: Maya
  • Anders Hillborg: Bach Materia
  • Uri Caine: Hamsa (28 mins, UK premiere)
  • Pekka Kuusisto - Violin, Antje Weithaas - Violin
  • Maya Beiser - Cello, Fiona Kelly- Flute
  • Uri Caine - Piano, Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichord
  • Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Thomas Dausgaard - Conductor

Wigmore Hall, 19-Jun-2018 / 19:30

  • Bach:
    • 9 Little Preludes BWV924-932 from Clavier-Büchlein for W.F. Bach
    • Toccatas in
      • E minor BWV914
      • D minor BWV913
    • 3 Minuets BWV841-843
    • Capriccio in B flat major (Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother) BWV992
    • 5 Preludes BWV939-943
    • English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV811

Wigmore Hall, 9-May-2018 / 19:30

Wigmore Hall, 9-Feb-2018 / 19:30

Mr. Esfahani 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

Recital with the Russian Virtuosi of Europe

"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."

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.

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

  • John Bull: Chromatic (Queen Elizabeth's) Pavan and Galliard K87
  • Viktor Kalabis: Aquarelles Op. 53
  • John Bull: Fantasia XII
  • Jean-Henri D'Anglebert: Suite No. 2 in G minor
    • Prélude, Air d'Apollon du Triomphe de l'Amour, Air ancien: Où estes vous allé, Les Songes agréables d'Atys, Passacaille d'Armide
  • Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Tarocco per il cembalo Op. 124
  • Kaija Saariaho: Jardin Secret II for harpsichord and tape
  • Daniel Kidane: Six Etudes
  • Scarlatti, sonatas in:
    • F major Kk518 / L116
    • F minor Kk519 / L475
    • G major Kk259 / L103
    • G major Kk260 / L103
    • A major Anh. (Barcelona Ms. MS1964 No. 34)
    • E major Anh. (Barcelona Ms. MS1964 No. 31)
    • D minor Kk516 / L512
    • D minor Kk517 / L266

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

  • Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in G minor RV85
  • Scarlatti: Sonata in G major Kk91 / L176
  • Yasuo Kuwahara: Improvised Poem
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor Op. 3, No. 8 RV522 'L'estro armonico' (arr. Mahan Esfahani)
  • Bach: Violin Sonata No. 6 in G major BWV1019
  • Mel Powell: Recitative and Toccata Percossa for solo harpsichord
  • Paul Ben-Haim: Sonata a tre for mandolin, guitar and harpsichord
  • Avi Avital - Mandolin
  • Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichord
  • Sean Shibe - Guitar

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

  • Couperin: Ordre 26 from Quatriéme livre de piéces de clavecin
  • Bach:
    • Toccata in F sharp minor BWV910
    • The Well-tempered Clavier Book I
      • Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor BWV851
      • Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor BWV849
      • Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B major BWV868
  • CPE Bach:
    • Sonata in B flat Wq48 No. 2
    • Sonata in F sharp minor Wq. 52 No. 4
  • Benda: Sonata No. 4 in F
  • Takemitsu: Rain Dreaming

Born in Tehran in 1984, Mr. Esfahani is an award-winning harpsichordist and musicologist who studied at Stanford University in California.

Mahan Esfahani performed CPE Bach's Concerto in E flat for harpsichord & fortepiano Wq.47 on the Harpsichord with Danny Driver on the Fortepiano and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment being conducted by Rebecca Miller at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 30th of January 2014

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.