Mahan Esfahani

Schedule

3 February 2017

London United Kingdom, Milton Court
Mahan Esfahani with Britten Sinfonia
No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than virtuoso Mahan Esfahani, who has captivated audiences with his fiery and engaging performances. Tonight he performs and directs Britten Sinfonia in works by Italian and Spanish composers, including a world premiere by Francisco Coll.

Soler Overture from el Villancico al Santissimo ‘Alentad armonias’
D Scarlatti A selection of sonatas
Francisco Coll New work (world premiere tour)
De Falla Harpsichord Concerto
De Falla El amor brujo

Britten Sinfonia
Mahan Esfahani director/harpsichord
Thomas Gould violin/director
Claudia Huckle contralto


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4 February 2017

Saffron Walden United Kingdom, Saffron Hall
Mahan Esfahani with Britten Sinfonia
No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than the Iranian-American virtuoso Mahan Esfahani who has captivated audiences with his fiery and engaging performances. In this concert he performs, and directs Britten Sinfonia, in a programme peppered with Mediterranean flavour including one of De Falla’s most popular ballet scores featuring the stunning Ritual Fire Dance.

Britten Sinfonia
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord/director
Thomas Gould violin/director
Claudia Huckle contralto

Soler Obertura ‘Alentad armonias’
D Scarlatti A selection of sonatas
De Falla Harpsichord Concerto
Francisco Coll New work (world premiere tour)
De Falla El amor brujo

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9 February 2017

Leicester United Kingdom , Leicester International Music Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations at the Leicester International Music Festival (recitals held at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester).
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17 February 2017

Dalarna Sweden , VinterFest
'Vikingur and Friends' (VinterFest 2017)
Mahan Esfahani continues in the pioneering presence of the harpsichord at the mainstream music festivals with his first appearance at Sweden's VinterFest - 'finally, a Classical Music festival that rocks' (The Times).

An informal evening concert without a fixed programme – a chance to get to know the festival artists and the music they love. Spontaneous musical fun in a relaxed atmosphere.

With Víkingur Ólafsson and the Vinterfest artists.

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18 February 2017

Dalarna Sweden , VinterFest
'The Poet and the Tsar' (VinterFest 2017)
Exploring further the paradoxical role of the artist under totalitarian rule, this concert takes its title from one of the poems of the beloved Russian poet-dissident Marina Tsvetaeva, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich. The song cycle’s deep and rich contemplations are followed by the strikingly original works of György Ligeti, a composer who survived both Nazi and Soviet oppression. The final work on the programme is Shostakovich’s great Piano Quintet, the work that earned its composer the Stalin Prize.
D Shostakovich 6 Songs for Marina Tsvetayeva Op. 143
G Ligeti Cello Sonata
G Ligeti Hungarian Rock
G Ligeti Continuum
G Ligeti Hungarian Passacaglia
D Shostakovich Piano Quintet

With Anna Larsson, contralto, Sayaka Shoji, violin, Hugo Ticciati, violin, Jennifer Stumm, viola, Jakob Koranyi, cello, Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir, cello, Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord, Víkingur Ólafsson, piano, XXX piano

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19 February 2017

Dalarna Sweden , VinterFest
'Rite of Spring' (VinterFest 2017)
Taking its title from Stravinsky’s famously explosive ballet at the end of the programme. In Jardin Secret II, Saariaho effortlessly melts acoustic and electronic sounds into a mesmerising whole. Steve Reich’s Piano Phase is a minimalist classic that still retains its power to shock.

J S Bach Sonata No.3 in G minor BWV 1029
S Reich Piano Phase
K Saariaho Jardin Secret II
I Stravinsky Rite of Spring (for solo piano)

With Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord, Víkingur Ólafsson, piano, Vicky Chow, piano, Jennifer Stumm, viola and Marianna Shirinyan, piano. More musicians will be added.

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22 February 2017

Oxford United Kingdom, Keble College
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his association as Patron of the Keble College Early Music Festival in Oxford.
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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621):
Engelse Fortuyn
Onder een linde groen
Fantasia Chromatica
Kaija Saariaho:
Le jardin secret ii for harpsichord and quadraphonic tape (1986)
J.S. Bach:
Concerto in the Italian Style in F, BWV 971
Philip Glass
Two Etudes
J.S. Bach:
Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

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23 February 2017

Oxford United Kingdom, Keble College
Masterclass
Masterclass as part of the Keble College Early Music Festival
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26 February 2017

Belfast, Ulster United Kingdom , Queen's University Belfast
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations for the 2017 International Festival of Chamber Music hosted by the Belfast Music Society.
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1 March 2017

Cologne Germany, Kölner Philharmonie
Modern and Ancient at the Philharmonie of Cologne
Mahan Esfahani Cembalo, Orgel
Daniela Lieb Flöte
Petra Müllejans Violine
Hille Perl Viola da Gamba

Mitglieder des Ensemble Modern

Charles Racquet
Fantaisie
für Orgel

Steve Reich
Clapping music (1972)
für 2 klatschende Musiker, beide verstärkt

Henri Dutilleux
Les Citations (1985–90)
Diptychon für Oboe, Cembalo, Kontrabass und Percussion

Steve Reich
Piano Phase (1967)
für zwei Klaviere oder Marimbaphone

Mahan Esfahani spielt "Piano Phase" in einer Fassung für Cembalo und Tonband

Pause

Johann Sebastian Bach
Nr. 2: Ricercar a 6
aus: Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079 (1747)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Nr. 3/1-4: Sonata Sopr'Il Soggetto reale. Largo-Allegro-Andante-Allegro für Flöte, Violine und Conti
aus: Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079 (1747)

Steve Reich
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ (1973)
für vier Marimbas, Vibraphon, drei Frauenstimmen und elektrische Orgel, alle verstärkt


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19 March 2017

Princeton United States, McCarter Theater
Solo Recital

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21 March 2017

New York United States, 92nd Street Y
Solo Recital
92Y’s Soundspace series in Buttenwieser Hall presents exciting artists offering their particular points of view in the most intimate of settings. Appearing in his 92Y debut is Iranian-American Mahan Esfahani. Named BBC Music magazine’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year, Mr. Esfahani has traveled the globe, from Boston to Beijing, working tirelessly to prove that harpsichord is an instrument for today, not only relevant but even revolutionary.. His concerts often juxtapose early music with works that are modern (even avant-garde), prompting cheers and jeers. His 92Y recital ranges from the English Renaissance to a new version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase, sanctioned by Reich himself.

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

COWELL: Set of Four
TOMKINS: Pavan
BULL: Hexachord Fantasia
FARNABY: Woody-Cock
KALABIS: Three Aquarelles
KAIJA SAARIAHO: Le jardin secret II for harpsichord and tape
BACH: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
STEVE REICH: Piano Phase

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23 March 2017

Durham United States, Duke Performances
Solo Recital
(See programme for March 21st in NYC)


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30 March 2017

Auckland New Zealand, Auckland Town Hall
Poulenc Concert Châmpetre with the Auckland Phil
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in New Zealand performing Francis Poulenc's iconic harpsichord concerto (1928) with the Auckland Philharmonia.
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2 April 2017

Guangzhou People's Republic of China , Xinghai Concert Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Guangzhou's newly built concert hall to perform a programme of works by J.S. Bach.
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7 April 2017

Zhuhai People's Republic of China , Zhuhai International Convention Center and Concert Hall
Solo Recital
See programme listings for Shanghai and Guangzhou.

9 April 2017

Shanghai People's Republic of China, Shanghai Concert Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes a highly anticipated return to Shanghai's historic concert hall to perform a programme of works by J.S. Bach.
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21 April 2017

Heidelberg Germany, Internationales Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling
Solo Recital
Henry Cowell:
»Set of Four« für Cembalo

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Italienisches Konzert in F-Dur BWV 971

Kaija Saariaho:
»Jardin Secret II« für Cembalo und Elektronik

Jean-Philippe Rameau:
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin a-Moll (Auswahl)

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22 April 2017

Heidelberg Germany, Internationales Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling
Recital with Isang Enders, cello
Georg Philipp Telemann:
Sonata for cello and Basso Continuo in D major TWV 41:D6 from »Der getreue Musikmeister«

Viktor Kalabis:
»Dialogues« for cello and harpsichord

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Suite No. 4 for cello solo in E flat major BWV 1010
(transcribed for cello and harpsichord, excerpts)

Luciano Berio:
»Rounds« for harpsichord solo

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Allemande from Suite No. 6 for cello solo in D major BWV 1012
(transcribed for cello and harpsichord)

Isang Yun:
Etude for cello solo

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Sonata No. 3 for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G minor BWV 1029

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30 April 2017

Sydney Australia , Sydney Opera House
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Sydney at the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House.

J.S. BACH: Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier (II); Italian Concerto, BWV971
COWELL Set of Four (1960)
SAARIAHO Jardin secret II
RAMEAU Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin – Selections

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4 May 2017

Melbourne Australia , Melbourne Recital Centre
Metropolis New Music Festival - Melbourne Symphony
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's harpsichord concerto, 'Ancient Letters' (2017). Programme to also include a new concerto for the oud by oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and Boulez's Dialogue de l'Ombre Double.

With Brett Kelly (conductor), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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6 May 2017

Melbourne Australia , Melbourne Recital Centre
Metropolis New Music Festival - Melbourne Symphony
Ligeti Passacaglia ungherese
Bach Harpsichord Concerto No.6
Jeths Recorder Concerto AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Vivaldi Lute Concerto (trans. for oud)
Meredith Origami Songs AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Brett Kelly conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Joseph Tawadros oud

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10 May 2017

Bangor United Kingdom , Pontio Arts Centre
Bach concertos with the RLPO
(See programme listing for May 11th)
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11 May 2017

Liverpool United Kingdom , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Bach concertos with the RLPO
Stravinsky
Concerto in D
Bach
Harpsichord Concerto in F minor BWV 1056
Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.5
Bach
Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Stravinsky
Danses Concertantes
James Clark
director/violin
Mahan Esfahani
harpsichord

When Stravinsky turned to the music of the 18th century for inspiration, critics joked that he’d gone “Back to Bach”. In fact, he could hardly have done much better – because from the bustling celebration of JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos to the limitless energy and invention of his harpsichord concertos, music simply doesn’t get any more satisfying – or timeless – than this. and we’ve got one of the world’s most charismatic harpsichordists to play it: the one and only Mahan Esfahani. Joint Leader of the Orchestra James Clark directs with two of Stravinsky’s salutes to the Baroque era.

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14 May 2017

Hamburg Germany, Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Poulenc Concerto (1928) with the Hamburg Sinfoniker
Symphoniker Hamburg
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
conductor Ion Marin

PROGRAMME
Sergej Prokofjew
Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 25 »Symphonie classique«
Francis Poulenc
Konzert für Cembalo und Orchester FP 49 »Concert champêtre«
Camille Saint-Saëns
Sinfonie Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 78 »Orgelsinfonie«

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2 June 2017

Stockholm Sweden, Stockholm Early Music Festival
Rameau trios with Florence Malgoire and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Rameau's complete Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts (1741) with Florence Malgoire, violin, and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
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5 June 2017

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime recital:

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656): Pavan in A minor
Giles Farnaby (c.1563-1640): Woody-Cock
Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Set of Four
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784): Sonata in E flat major
Steve Reich (b.1936): Piano Phase

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17 June 2017

Gregynog, Wales United Kingdom, Gregynog Festival
Recital with Michala Petri
Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani perform a recital for the 2017 Gregynog Festival; works by J.S. Bach and others.
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18 June 2017

Harpa Iceland, Reykjavik Midsummer Music
Reykjavik Midsummer Music Concerts
(Details to be announced for 18th to 25th of June 2017)
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