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 ( 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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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Gustav Leonhardt: a Few Words

As many people know, the great harpsichordist and conductor Gustav Leonhardt passed away on the 16th of January this year. Upon hearing the news, I took the time to write a few words of my memories of him and the great influence that he had on my own work. **** I had the honour and […]

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

ArtsDesk Panel: September 2011

Back in September, I had the pleasure of being involved in a panel for the UK-based ”ArtsDesk” an organisation of which I am a personal fan. With the actor Toby Jones, singer Mara Carlyle, and dancer Bridgett Zehr, I was involved in a discussion about the ‘Art of Performance’ – a very open-ended topic indeed. […]

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Monday, June 6th, 2011

Review from ‘Opera Today’ – May 2011

27 May 2011 James Bowman, The Last London Recital It’s easy to slip into platitudes when eulogising the last London recital performance of a singer commonly lauded as the outstanding countertenor of his generation. After more than forty years of superlative music-making in the opera houses and concert halls of the world, on Saturday evening […]

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

A talk on the Goldberg Variations

The following is a short talk I gave on the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach at the University of York in February of 2011; many flights of fancy aside, it’s worth sharing, I think: — The Goldberg Variations: A Few Remarks. ”Count Kayserling, formerly Russian Ambassador at the Court of the Elector of Saxony, who […]

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Interview with the Manchester Camerata

A short discussion with Mahan Esfahani…

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Monday, October 18th, 2010

Interview with Classic FM

On the eve of a performance of the Goldberg Variations for the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland, I recently had the pleasure of an interview with Classic FM in which we talked about – amongst other things – Bach (of course).

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Interview with BBC Music Magazine

”I would say with an attempt at some modesty (I hope) that I haven’t had an audience member yet who hasn’t come to feel more positively about the harpsichord after a bit of listening….”

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

‘In the Beginning there was the Word’: Now What?

After finishing up the usual series of summer festivals, August is a good time to practise, rehearse with colleagues, plan programmes for the upcoming season, and to read all of the things that have been sitting on one’s nightstand since about last September or so. In January of this year I had made the resolution […]

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