Schedule

16 August 2017

, Schleswig-Holstein Germany , Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Recital with Avi Avital, mandolin

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17 August 2017

, Schleswig-Holstein Germany , Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a varied programme of works by J.S. Bach, Rameau, Couperin, d'Anglebert, Bohuslav Martinu, and Peter Mieg, including Martinu's famous Sonata (1958) and the e-minor suite from Rameau's Pieces de Clavecin (1724).

N.B. This concert is held at the church in Nuss. For venue details: https://www.shmf.de/en/Venue?ort=62

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25 August 2017

Schwerin Germany , Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Recital with Avi Avital, mandolin

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28 August 2017

Bolzano Italy , Bolzano Festival
Rameau: 'Pièces de clavecin en concert' (1741)
Mahan Esfahani performs the entirety of Rameau's fiendish and virtuosic 'Pièces de clavecin en concert' (1741) with Florence Malgoire (violin) and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (viola da gamba).

N.B. This concert is held at the Castel Mareccio in Bolzano;
For venue details see http://www.bolzanofestivalbozen.it/home/

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6 September 2017

Cologne Germany, Kölner Philharmonie
Haydn Concerto in D, with Musica Saeculorum
Mahan Esfahani Cembalo
Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn

Musica Saeculorum (http://maestroarts.com/artists/philipp-von-steinaecker)
Philipp von Steinaecker Dirigent

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonie C-Dur KV 338 (1780)

Joseph Haydn
Konzert für Cembalo und Orchester D-Dur Hob. XVIII:11 (vor 1784)

Pause

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Konzert für Horn und Orchester Es-Dur KV 417 (1783)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonie D-Dur KV 504 (1786)
"Prager Sinfonie"

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12 September 2017

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his traversal of the Complete Keyboard Works of Johann Sebastian Bach at London's Wigmore Hall:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

English Suite No. 1 in A major BWV806
Capriccio in E major BWV993, 'in honorem Joh. Christoph Bachii Ohrdrufiensis'
Toccata in F sharp minor BWV910
Toccata (Concerto) in G major BWV916
English Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV807



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17 September 2017

Bad Krozingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany, Schlosskonzerte Bad Krozingen
Anniversary Concert for Bradford Tracey

Recital in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of harpsichordist Bradford Tracey on the historic "Neumeyer-Junghanns-Tracey" keyboard collection of Schloss Bad Krozingen
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Als kleiner Junge von acht Jahren sah Mahan Esfahani in seinem Buch das Bild eines wohlbeleibten Mannes mit Perücke und Gehrock, der ein ungewöhnliches Musikinstrument mit zwei Manualen spielte. Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick. „Bach erschien so anders, so exotisch. Ich hatte noch nie ein Cembalo gehört. Mein Vater lachte und sagte, es sei ein totes Instrument. Aber mich hatte es gepackt“. Eine ähnliche Bewunderung entwickelte Esfahani für Bradford Tracey, den er leider nur über Plattenaufnahmen kennen- und lieben lernte. Als den weltweit führenden Cembalisten Esfahani die Anfrage aus Bad Krozingen erreichte, anlässlich des 30. Todestages von „Braddy“ im Schloss zu konzertieren, war seine Freude sehr groß und die Zusage schnell erteilt.

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21 September 2017

Ostrava Czech Republic , St. Wenceslas Music Festival / Svatovaclavsky hudebni festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations in a rare recital appearance in the Czech Republic at the Svatovaclavsky hudebni festival (St. Wenceslas Music Festival)

N.B. This recital is at Ostrava's kostel sv. Ducha / Church of the Holy Spirit;
Please refer to the festival website for venue details.

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25 September 2017

Ostrava Czech Republic , St. Wenceslas Music Festival / Svatovaclavsky hudebni festival
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for 'cello and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029)
The sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029) transcribed for 5-string 'cello with Slovak baroque 'cellist Michal Stahel.

N.B. This concert is held in Ostrava's Evangelický kostel / Evangelical Church;
Please see the festival website for venue details

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11 October 2017

Bratislava Slovakia , Slovak Philharmonie
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for 'cello and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029)
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14 October 2017

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Polish Music Day with Jennifer Pike & Friends
Jennifer Pike violin
Thomas Gould violin
Guy Johnston cello
Elizabeth Kenny theorbo
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Petr Limonov piano
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Krzysztof Penderecki (b.1933): Capriccio for solo violin (UK première)
Adam Jarzębski (1590-1649): Concerto Primo, Concerto Secundo, Concerto Terzo
Hanna Kulenty (b.1961): E for E
Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969): Caprice No. 4 - Polish Caprice
Jakub Polak (c.1550-1605): Gagliarda, Courante
Anon: Hajducki, Dance, Polonaise
Paulina Załubska (b.1984): New work (world première)
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727-1756): Trio Sonata in C major

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26 October 2017

New York United States , Miller Theatre
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to New York City for his Miller Theatre debut, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988)
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29 October 2017

Groningen Netherlands, De Oosterport
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988)
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9 November 2017

Aarhus Denmark , Musikhuset Aarhus
Poulenc concerto with Aarhus Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Marc Soustrot
SOLOISTS
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Ian van Rensburg, violin
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H. Berlioz :
Rêverie a Caprice

F. Poulenc :
Concert champêtre

C. Franck :
Symphony in D minor

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10 November 2017

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Poulenc concerto with Aarhus Symphony
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9 December 2017

Glendale United States , Alex Theatre
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051)
Mahan Esfahani joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, with whom he is is an artistic partner in the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the complete cycle of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos led from the first chair by esteemed LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer and featuring special guest Mahan Esfahani on harpsichord in his Orchestral Series debut. The Brandenburg Concertos remain evergreen and present an opportunity to showcase the immense talents of many of LACO’s virtuoso principals, notably newly appointed principal flute Joachim Becerra Thomsen and newly appointed principal oboe Claire Brazeau. This LACO-signature repertoire has been previously performed by the Orchestra an astonishing 52 times, more often than any other work in its repertoire.

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10 December 2017

Los Angeles United States, Royce Hall (UCLA)
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-51)
See listing for 9 December 2017.
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12 December 2017

Houston United States , The Menil Collection
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance on the Da Camera of Houston series in a recital of works from the Baroque and works for harpsichord and electronic tape by Saariaho and Reich.
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19 January 2018

Valletta Malta, Teatru Manoel
Music from the Court of Dresden with La Folia Barockorchester
Concertos by J.S. Bach (Triple Concerto BWV 1044) and J.G. Goldberg (Concerto for harpsichord in d-minor) with La Folia Barockorchester (leader and director: Robin-Peter Müller) at the 18th-century Teatru Manoel; part of the Valletta International Baroque Festival
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20 January 2018

Munich Germany , Pinakothek der Moderne
Gorecki concerto with Münchener Kammerorchester
KOMPONISTENPORTRÄT Henryk Górecki:

Münchener Kammerorchester

MAHAN ESFAHANI Cembalo
CLEMENS SCHULDT Dirigent

›Three Pieces in Old Style‹ (1963)
Cembalokonzert (1980)
Genesis I: Elementi (1962)
Kleines Requiem für eine Polka op. 66 (1993)

21.00h Einführungsgespräch im Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
Karten per Telefon unter 089.46 13 64 30, per Email an ticket@m-k-o.eu oder über unser Bestellformular

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9 February 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his series of the Complete Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach at Wigmore Hall:

Sonata in a, nach Reincken's 'Hortus Musicus,' BWV 965

English Suite III in g, BWV 807

English Suite IV in F, BWV 809

Toccata in D, BWV 912


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12 February 2018

Prague Czech Republic, Rudolfinum
Kalabis Concerto for harpsichord with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
Igor Stravinskij: Symfonie dechových nástrojů
Viktor Kalabis: Koncert pro cembalo a smyčcový orchestr, op. 42
Leoš Janáček: Glagolská mše

Jiří Rožen – dirigent
Mahan Esfahani – cembalo
Český filharmonický sbor Brno
Kateřina Kněžíková – soprán
Michaela Kapustová – alt
Richard Samek – tenor
Jozef Benci – bas
Pavel Svoboda – varhany

N.B. There will also be an open general rehearsal in the Rudolfinum at 9:00 a.m.

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19 February 2018

Innsbruck Austria , Tiroler Landeskonservatorium Konzertsaal
Solo Recital
(N.B. This recital is part of the Austrian 'Jeunesse' season)


Mahan Esfahani (c) Bernhard Musil
BAROCK & NEUE KLÄNGE
Mahan Esfahani liebt die Musik von Johann Sebastian Bach und er kombiniert sie in seinen Konzerten gerne mit zeitgenössischen Werken. »Abgesehen von Bach gibt es nichts Wertvolleres für mich«, sagt der iranisch-amerikanische Cembalist im Interview mit der englischen Musikplattform »Presto classical«. Vielleicht »brauchen die Menschen diese neuen Werke, um ihre Vorstellung von einem Instrument zu erweitern, das lange Zeit dem Spott des Mainstreams ausgeliefert war«. Schon früh hat Esfahani einen eigenen Weg gefunden, seinen leidenschaftlichen Einsatz für das Cembalo fantasievoll und weltoffen zu interpretieren. 2011 war er der erste Cembalist, der bei den Londoner Proms ein Solorecital spielte. In Innsbruck musiziert Mahan Esfahani, der soeben mit dem BBC Music Magazine Award 2017 ausgezeichnet worden ist, Barockes von Bach & Co. und kultige neue Werke von Luciano Berio und Kevin Volans.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonate a-Moll nach Reinkens »Hortus musicus« BWV 965
Luciano Berio: Rounds
Kevin Volans: L'Africaine (EA)
Georg Benda: Sonate g-Moll
Johann Sebastian Bach: Englische Suite Nr. 4 F-Dur BWV 809



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21 February 2018

Brighton United Kingdom , Brighton College
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital of works by J.S. Bach on the 'Autograph' series at Brighton College's Sarah Abraham Recital Hall.
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11 March 2018

Beirut Lebanon , Al Bustan Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the legendary Al Bustan Festival of Beirut, performing works by J.S. Bach.
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14 March 2018

Madrid Spain, Fundacio Juan March
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his debut at the Fundacio Juan March (following a cancellation of his recital in the 2015-16 season due to illness), in a recital of works by Rameau, Couperin, and two works written for him: Kevin Volans' 'L'Africaine' (2016) and a work for electronics and harpsichord by Anahita Abbasi (2018).
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22 March 2018

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
'Baroque Conversations' with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani continues his association with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO):

Mahan Esfahani host & harpsichord
Joachim Becerra Thomsen flute
LACO Ensemble

Biber: Ciacona, “Night Watchman”
Vivaldi: Concerto, “The Storm at Sea”
Boccherini: Night Music of the Streets of Madrid
Lully: Trios for the King’s Bed Chamber

part of the baroque conversations series

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28 March 2018

Pisa Italy , Teatro Verdi
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the Teatro Verdi of Pisa in a recital of works by Byrd, J.S. Bach, and the three seminal works by Ligeti (Continuum - Passacaglia ungherese - Hungarian Rock).
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31 March 2018

Leiden Netherlands , Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden
H.I.F. Biber 'Rosenkranz-Sonaten' with Liza Ferschtman, violin
The famous 'Rosary' sonatas for violin and continuo with violinist Liza Ferschtman
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22 April 2018

Lucerne Switzerland, Marianischen Saal
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Lucerne in a recital of works by Frescobaldi, Rameau, Benda, and J.S. Bach.
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27 April 2018

Columbus United States, Mees Hall, Capital University
Solo Recital
"One of the most gifted harpsichordists of our time explores two centuries of music from Italy, France, Germany, and Bohemia in this preview of his Carnegie Hall debut. Frescobaldi’s wild flights of invention made him one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the 17th century and influenced composers across the continent. A century later, the refined beauty of Rameau’s keyboard music represented the pinnacle of the French tradition. Bach drew from all traditions—the Italian and French styles—to create the finest keyboard music of the Baroque."

N.B. Hosted by Early Music Columbus;
For programme details refer to 1 May 2018 (Carnegie Hall, NYC)

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1 May 2018

New York United States, Carnegie Hall
Solo Recital
One of the most gifted harpsichordists of our time explores two centuries of music from Italy, France, Germany, and Bohemia in his Carnegie Hall debut. Frescobaldi’s wild flights of invention made him one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the 17th century and influenced composers across the continent. A century later, the refined beauty of Rameau’s keyboard music represented the pinnacle of the French tradition. Bach drew from all traditions—the Italian and early French styles—to create the finest keyboard music of the Baroque.
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FRESCOBALDI Toccata settima in D Minor, No. 7, from Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro II
FRESCOBALDI "Cento partite sopra passacagli" from Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo, Libro I
FRESCOBALDI "Bergamasca" from Fiori musicali di diverse compositioni
RAMEAU Selections from Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode pour la méchanique des doigts
BENDA Sonata No. 2 in G Major
BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831

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9 May 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his series of the Complete Keyboard Works of Johann Sebastian Bach at Wigmore Hall:

Little Preludes, BWV 933-938

Sonata in C, nach Reincken's 'Hortus Musicus' BWV 966

Toccata in g, BWV 915

Toccata in c, BWV 911

English Suite V in e, BWV 809


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27 May 2018

Potsdam Germany , Friedenskirche
'Teufliche Versuchung' with the Kammerakademie Potsdam
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sinfonie Es-Dur Wq 179

Manuel de Falla
Concerto für Cembalo und 5 Instrumente

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cembalokonzert Nr. 8 d-Moll BWV 1059r (Rekonstruktion: Mahan Esfahani)
Cembalokonzert Nr. 5 f-Moll BWV 1056

Luigi Bocherini
Sinfonie Nr. 6 d-Moll op. 12 Nr. 4 G 506 „La casa del diavolo"

Mahan Esfahani Leitung und Cembalo
Kammerakademie Potsdam

Johann Sebastian Bach war der Ansicht, dass Gott mit jeder Musik geehrt werden solle, andernfalls sei sie nur teuflischer Krach und Lärm. Dieses religiöse Grundverständnis lässt sich in allen seinen Kompositionen spüren, den geistlichen wie den weltlichen. Viele andere Künstler konnten allerdings der „teuflischen Versuchung“ nicht widerstehen. So etwa macht Boccherinis „La casa del diavolo“ keinen Hehl daraus, dass der Teufel mitten im Orchester sitzt. Sich der Musik ganz hinzugeben – hörend wie spielend – hat eine spirituelle Kraft. Der iranische Cembalist Mahan Esfahani begibt sich mit seinen individuellen Interpretationen auf die Suche nach teuflischen und göttlichen Inspirationen in der Musik vom Barock bis hin zur frühen Moderne.

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6 June 2018

Amsterdam Netherlands , Het Concertgebouw
J.S. Bach Sonatas for violin and cembalo with Liza Ferschtman, violin
J.S. Bach sonatas for violin and concertato harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) with violinist Liza Ferschtman
N.B. This will be in the Concertgebouw's historic Kleine Zaal

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16 June 2018

Fakenham, Norfolk United Kingdom , Raynham Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to historic Raynham Hall in Norfolk to perform J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988)
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19 June 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his series of the Complete Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach at Wigmore Hall:

Toccata in e, BWV 914
3 minuets, BWV 841-843
Toccata in d, BWV 913
Capriccio in B-flat 'On the Departure of His Beloved Brother,' BWV 992
Little Preludes, BWV 939-943
English Suite in d, BWV 811


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