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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

‘Mahan Esfahani is hot’ (!)

There’s a piece by the Dutch Merlijn Kerkhof in Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant about Mahan’s work in Bach and contemporary music. As usual, he is perhaps a bit naughty in his responses. Read it here.

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Saturday, January 7th, 2017

“Making the Harpsichord Modern Again” (New York Times)

  The New York Times ran a feature on Mahan’s championing the harpsichord in new music, in conjunction with his August 2016 appearance at the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival. The piece was also featured in the International New York Times edition. Read the entire feature here.

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015

‘How to Annoy your Dad: Play the Harpsichord’

I had a whale of a time talking with Robert Siegel from NPR’s All Things Considered. You can listen to it here.  

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

“Pianists who slam it should be ready to talk” – feature on Mahan Esfahani in the Independent

Michael Church of the Independent on Sunday published a feature on Mahan Esfahani’s work with advocacy of the harpsichord, new music, and bringing the instrument into the mainstream of classical music. You can read this quirky and fun article here. 

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Mahan Esfahani named to New York Times’ Critics List for 2014!

Mahan Esfahani’s album of Rameau’s complete keyboard works was selected in the New York Times’ Critics List of Best Classical Recordings of 2014. You can read this article here.  This is an enormous honour for the harpsichord which is seeing a day-to-day resurgence in respect and mainstream respectability. This is a first in many years […]

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

Mahan Esfahani signs to Deutsche Grammophon

  Welcoming Mahan Esfahani to the Yellow Label’s roster of artists, Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson said: “Mahan is a dynamic, daring musician who thinks way beyond the conventional boundaries of his instrument, and is well placed to add excitement to and find new audiences for the harpsichord.” “I am proud to become part of […]

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Friday, January 10th, 2014

BBC Radio 4 ”Front Row”

I appeared recently on BBC Radio 4’s ”Front Row” with presenter John Wilson, discussing my new disc of C.P.E. Bach’s ”Württemberg” Sonatas (1744) for Hyperion Records.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Netherlands RADIO 4 broadcast

The Netherlands’ Radio 4 has posted my recital for the 2013 Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht here. The idea of this recital, ”Hoe het wereldlijke sacraal werd” (the Secular Made Sacred) explored the use of counterpoint and variation-form throughout northern European composers of the 17th century, along with a special nod to contemporary with the […]

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

In Defence of Not Apologising

”In Defence of Not Apologising,” a brief essay. — Compared to the general order that in theory is supposed to reign in adult social and professional life, the playground of our childhood days was a pretty rough place. One either had to go with the crowd in certain activities or pretty much consign oneself to […]

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Why I’m Proud to Take Part in the Proms

This past summer, I was asked to write a few words for the Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk) on the broadcast of several Proms to the Persian-speaking world (including my homeland, Iran). Here’s what I had to say: — This summer, BBC Persian‘s television service is broadcasting eight of the Proms concerts from London to the Persian-speaking world. Some 100m potential […]

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