Past Events

10 December 2018

Tokyo Japan , Sumida Triphony Hall
Michael Nyman Concerto with Japan Century Symphony Orchestra
See programme for 6 December
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7 December 2018

Osaka Japan , Symphony Hall
Michael Nyman concerto
MICHAEL NYMAN
Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings

Japan Century Symphony Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord; Kentaro Kawase, conductor

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28 November 2018

Singapore Singapore , Victoria Concert Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his Singapore debut with a recital at the historic Victoria Concert Hall.
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22 November 2018

Seoul Republic of Korea, Kumho Art Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his Korean debut with J.S. Bach’s celebrated ‘Goldberg’ Variations (BWV 988) at Seoul’s foremost concert hall.
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19 November 2018

Prague Czech Republic , Kaiserstein Palace
Benefit recital for the Bohuslav Martinu Institute
Programme to include works by Bohuslav Martinu, Viktor Kalabis, and J.S. Bach for the 4th annual benefit concert of the Bohuslav Martinu Institue (this is a private event with no public availability of tickets).

18 November 2018

Prague Czech Republic , DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Contempuls Festival for Contemporary Music
Recital at Prague’s popular DOX Centre for Contemporary Art to include such works as a new premiere by Miroslav Srnka, Anahita Abbasi’s ‘Intertwined Distances’ (2018), Saariaho’s ‘Le jardin secret ii’ (1986), and live electronic improvisations for harpsichord with composer Matouš Hejl.
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13 November 2018

Wimbledon United Kingdom , St. John’s Church
Solo Recital
Known for his bold and imaginative programming, Mahan Esfahani contrasts the music of the great French harpsichordists Couperin and Rameau with outstanding contemporary writing for the instrument by Graham Lynch Admiring Yoro Waterfall; Gavin Bryars After Handel’s Vesper and Mel Powell Recitative and Toccata Percossa.
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8 November 2018

New York United States , Miller Theatre
‘The Well-Tempered Clavier, Paired’ (II)
J.S. Bach selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (1742)
Luciano Berio Rounds (1966)
Tristan Perich Dual Synthesis (2009)

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7 November 2018

New York United States , Miller Theatre
‘The Well-Tempered Clavier, Paired’
J.S. Bach selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (1722)

George Lewis - new work for harpsichord (2018), world premiere
(Miller Theatre commission)

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3 November 2018

Arnhem Netherlands, Musis en Stadtstheater Arnhem
Solo Recital

“Een eigentijds klavecinist” - Mahan Esfahani

PROGRAMMA
Byrd — Lachrimae Pavan
Byrd — The Carman’s Whistle
Byrd — Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La

Berio — Rounds (1965)
Bryars — After Handel’s Vesper (1998)
Alexander — Improvisation on a Persian Folksong (1974)

Perich — Dual Synthesis (2015)

F. Couperin — Allemande La Logiviere - La Rafraîchissante - Les Charmes - L’Amphibie - Les Ondes
Anahita Abbasi — Intertwined Distances, for Mahan Esfahani (2018)

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1 November 2018

London United Kingdom, St. George's Hanover Square
Recital with Pieter Wispelwey, ‘cello
J.S. Bach, Three Sonatas for ‘cello and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029) with ‘cellist Pieter Wispelwey, for the London Bach Society.
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31 October 2018

Bristol United Kingdom, St. George's Bristol
Solo Recital
Programme TBD

29 October 2018

Wuppertal Germany , Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal
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28 October 2018

Wuppertal Germany , Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal
Mahan Esfahani, Cembalo
Rory Macdonald, Dirigent

FREDERICK DELIUS
›Walk to the Paradise Garden‹ aus der Oper ›A Village Romeo and Juliet‹

FRANCIS POULENC
Concert champêtre für Cembalo und Orchester

JOSEPH HAYDN
Sinfonie Nr. 98 B-Dur Hob. 1:98

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12 October 2018

Ascona Switzerland, Settimane Musicali di Ascona
Solo Recital
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643)
dal Primo Libro di Toccate, 1615 (organo)
Toccata 12a
Capriccio sopra la Battaglia
dai Fiori Musicali, 1635 (organo)
Ricercar chromatico
Bergamasca
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Variazioni Goldberg (cembalo)

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11 October 2018

Newcastle United Kingdom, Sage Gateshead
Royal Northern Sinfonia
“RNS Minimal”

Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Philip Glass A Prelude to Endgame
John Adams Shaker Loops
Barbara Benary Barang I, Barang II
Michael Nyman Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings

Mahan Esfahani has never accepted that the harpsichord is merely a historic instrument. Today, with Michael Nyman’s harpsichord concerto, he’ll light up the sky. The only thing that’s minimal about the musical worlds of Philip Glass, John Adams and Barbara Benary, meanwhile, is the name.

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1 October 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Opening the second season of his Bach Series at Wigmore Hall, Mahan Esfahani begins his survey of J.S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung, with the 1st Partita in B (BWV 825), Concerto in the Italian Style (BWV 971), and Overture in the French Manner (BWV 831)
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23 September 2018

Newcastle United Kingdom, Sage Gateshead
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Mahan Esfahani begins his association as “Artist in Focus” with the Royal Northern Sinfonia
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“Big RNS Birthday Gala”

Lars Vogt conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Sarah Tynan soprano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Faure Pavane
Mozart Laudate dominum
Mozart Exsultate jubilate

Poulenc Concert champêtre
Prokofiev Classical Symphony

Haydn Symphony No.6 ‘Le matin’
Brahms Haydn Variations

We’re not the only ones to find Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart inspiring, and in this grand opening concert they rub shoulders with four brilliantly inventive tributes, including Prokofiev’s witty Classical Symphony. With Mahan Esfahani and Sarah Tynan as soloists, this will really sparkle.

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17 September 2018

Ostrava Czech Republic , St. Wenceslas Music Festival / Svatovaclavsky hudebni festival
Bach and Goldberg concertos with La Folia Barockorchester
Anonym (Drážďanská sbírka Schranck II): Koncert A dur
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727–1756): Koncert pro cembalo a orchestr g moll
Tommaso Albinoni /úprava Gerber a Bach/ (1671–1751): Sonáta a moll
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Koncert pro cembalo a orchestr f moll č. 5, BWV 1056

Interpreti

La Folia Barockorchester
Robin Peter Müller (umělecký vedoucí)
Mahan Esfahani (cembalo)

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8 September 2018

Annaberg-Buchholz, Saxony Germany , Mauersberger Aula
Solo Recital
J.S. Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations (BWV 988) as part of the Musikfest Erzgebirge

3 September 2018

Örebro Sweden, Örebro Concert Hall
Swedish Chamber Orchestra recording for BIS
Recording of J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051) with Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for BIS Records
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19 August 2018

Sablé-sur-Sarthe France, Festivale de Sablé
Masterclasses
Harpsichord masterclasses for the Académie de Sablé, August 19-25 (http://www.academiedesable.fr)
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8 August 2018

London United Kingdom, Royal Albert Hall
Swedish Chamber Orchestra at the Proms - Part II
See description for previous concert
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5 August 2018

London, Royal Albert Hall
Swedish Chamber Orchestra at the Proms
Over two concerts in one day, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra present Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos – each with its own different and distinctive orchestration – alongside six newly commissioned companion works, to create a brand-new musical cycle spanning almost three centuries, heard here for the first time in the UK.

Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Antje Weithaas, violin
Maya Beiser, cello

Fiona Kelly, flute
Uri Caine, piano

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor


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3 August 2018

Hereford United Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs for the first time at the legendary Three Choirs Festival with Bach’s celebrated ‘Goldberg’ Variations, BWV 988.

N.B. This is a late-night concert starting at 10.15 PM

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1 July 2018

Cheltenham United Kingdom, Cheltenham Festival
“Weekend at the Cafe Zimmermann” - Concert III
(See listing for 30 June 2018 for performers)

Tommaso Albinoni – Trio Sonata Op. 1 No 2
JS Bach – Capriccio in B BWV 992
JS Bach – Concerto in F minor BWV 1056 for harpsichord and strings
Jean-Baptiste Lully / Dietrich Buxtehude – from the ‘Ballet de l’Impatience’
Philip Erlebach – Ouverture Suite in D

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1 July 2018

Cheltenham United Kingdom, Cheltenham Festival
“Weekend at the Cafe Zimmermann” - Concert IV
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Consone Quartet
Jam Orrell viola
Lynda Sayce lute and theorbo
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord

JS Bach – Cantata Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV 54
JS Bach – Cantata Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV 170
JS Bach – Cantata Ich habe genug BWV 82
Plus solo harpischord works by d’Anglebert

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30 June 2018

Cheltenham United Kingdom, Cheltenham Festival
“Weekend at the Cafe Zimmerman” - Concert I
Stimulation for the mind, nourishment for the soul… This four-concert series in the breathtaking surroundings of Syde Manor pays tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach’s favoured Leipzig coffee house, where he led regular musical gatherings – the original Coffee Concerts – throughout the 1730s.

In an intimate concert setting, the incomparably brilliant, charismatic Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani opens the series with the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).

N.B. This series is held at Syde Manor, Gloucestershire. Please refer to the Cheltenham Festival website for more information.

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30 June 2018

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“Weekend at the Cafe Zimmermann” - Concert II
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Consone Quartet
Jam Orrell viola
Lynda Sayce lute and theorbo

Jan Adam Reincken – Sonata Prima
JCF Bach – Sonata in A for cello from the ‘Musicalisches Vielerley’
Johann Rosenmüller – Sonata Settima a 4
JS Bach – Sonata in A minor BWV 965
JS Bach – Concerto in A, BWV 1055

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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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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6 June 2018

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

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30 May 2018

Swaledale United Kingdom , Swaledale Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988); N.B. This Swaledale Festival date takes place at St. Andrew's Church in Grinton - see the Swaledale Festival site for more details.
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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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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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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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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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22 April 2018

Lucerne Switzerland, Marianischer 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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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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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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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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22 March 2018

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
'Baroque Conversations' with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani continues his association as an artistic partner with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), this time curating 'Nightime in Four Great Cities.'

Mahan Esfahani, host & harpsichord
Joachim Becerra Thomsen, flute
LACO Ensemble

Biber - Ciacona, “Night Watchman” from Serenade for Five
Vivaldi - Concerto, "Il Tempesta di Mare"
Boccherini - Night Music of the Streets of Madrid
Lully - Trio for the King’s Bed Chamber

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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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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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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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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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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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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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22 January 2018

Baku Azerbaijan ,
Documentary research
Mahan will be working on his third documentary for BBC Radio 3 in Azerbaijan. (approximately one week)

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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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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14 January 2018

Prague Czech Republic, Klementinum
Solo Recital
Celebration of the 91st birthday of harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova (+ 27.09.2017), in her memory. Works by Bach, Saariaho, Kalabis; with special guest Tomas Jamnik, violoncello; in the historic Klementinum in Prague's old city.
(Details to be announced)

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14 December 2017

Orange, California United States , MUSCO Center for the Arts
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051)
See programme description for 9 Dec 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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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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9 December 2017

Glendale United States , Alex Theatre
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - 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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3 December 2017

Salzburg Austria, Mozarteum
Solo Recital
Recital as part of the 'Dialoge Festival' of Salzburg (composer-in-residence for 2017: Miroslav Srnka, CZ)

Improvisationen über den Dialog "What do you miss from home?" aus "Southpole" (Srnka)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Zehn Variationen über die Ariette "Unser dummer Pöbel meint" aus dem Singspiel "Die Pilgrime von Mekka" (Christoph Willibald Gluck) G-Dur KV 455

Cornelius Cardew
"Treatise" for any number of musicians with any instruments (Auswahl)

Johann Sebastian Bach
"Goldberg-Variationen" BMV 988

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18 November 2017

Cambridge United Kingdom , Cambridge Music Festival
Solo Recital
Mixed recital including world premiere of Kevin Volans' "L'Africaine" (2016, for Mahan Esfahani).
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JS Bach English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806
JS Bach Toccata in F sharp minor BWV 910
JS Bach Toccata (Concerto) in G major BWV 916
Steve Reich Piano Phase (1967)
Kevin Volans L’Africaine (2016)

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10 November 2017

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Poulenc concerto with Aarhus Symphony
See programme listing for 9 November 2017.

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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29 October 2017

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

Prague Czech Republic, Rudolfinum
Memorial Concert for Zuzana Ruzickova
Czech harpsichordist, National Artist, and humanitarian Zuzana Ruzickova (+27.09.2017) is honoured by the Czech Philharmonic, Czech Chamber Music Society, Bohuslav Martinu Institute, and Bohemian Heritage Fund with performances by three of her students - harpsichordists Mahan Esfahani and Monika Knoblochova and organist Jaroslav Tuma.
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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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11 October 2017

Bratislava Slovakia , Slovak Philharmonie
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for 'cello and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029)
See concert details for 25 September 2017.

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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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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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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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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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)

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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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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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25 August 2017

Schwerin Germany , Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
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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16 August 2017

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

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15 August 2017

Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom, St Cecilia's Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival with a recital of music by d'Anglebert, W.F. Bach, and J.S. Bach (the French Overture in b-minor, BWV 831) on the 1769 Pascal Taskin harpsichord in the Russell Collection.
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5 August 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Festival Farewell
'Festival Farewell!' - including J.S. Bach's Concerto for harpsichord and strings in f-minor (BWV 1056) with the Orava Quartet.
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4 August 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Concert Conversations with Piers Lane
A public conversation with AFCM director Piers Lane; Mahan Esfahani to perform Ligeti's famous 'Continuum' (1968), one of the seminal modern works for harpsichord.
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2 August 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
'Bach by Candelight' - 1
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord/piano) and James Crabb (accordion) perform the Rheinberger transcription of Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations for two keyboards.

N.B. This performance is at Townsville Civic Theatre;
For venue details see https://www.afcm.com.au

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2 August 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
'Bach by Candelight' - 2
Works by J.S. Bach with festival colleagues at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, including the Triple Concerto for flute, violin, and harpsichord (BWV 1044), Cantata BWV 82 'Ich habe genug' (with Henk Neven, baritone), and 'Brandenburg' Concerto no. 2 (BWV 1047).

N.B. This performance is at Townsville Civic Theatre;
For venue details see https://www.afcm.com.au

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30 July 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Prelude to the Afternoon
2nd performance for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music:
Rameau: 1er concert, with Jack Liebeck (violin) and Jiri Barta ('cello)
Duphly: Chaconne in F

N.B. This performance takes place at Mary MacKillop Church, Mundingburra;
For venue details please see https://www.afcm.com.au

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29 July 2017

Townsville Australia , Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Governor's Gala concert
In his first appearance at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Mahan Esfahani performs Manuel de Fallas Concerto for Harpsichord & Five Instruments (1926) with festival colleagues.

N.B. This festival event will be taking place at Townsville Civic Theatre.
Please refer to https://www.afcm.com.au for details.

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19 July 2017

Aspen, Colorado United States , Aspen Music Festival
Bach and Vivaldi concertos with soloists Sarah Chang (violin) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's harpsichord concertos in d- (BWV 1052) and f-minor (BWV 1056); celebrated violinist Sarah Chang performs Vivaldi's complete 'Four Seasons' (op. 8, 1-4) with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
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16 July 2017

Berwick-upon-Tweed United Kingdom, Music at Paxton
Solo Recital
In the first of two recitals on this day at historic Paxton House, Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 998)
N.B. The first concert is at 11:30 a.m.

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16 July 2017

Berwick-upon-Tweed United Kingdom, Music at Paxton
Solo Recital
In the second recital of the day, Mahan Esfahani performs a varied programme of works by the French masters Couperin, Rameau, and d'Anglebert, modern masterpieces by Bohuslav Martinu and Peter Mieg, and J.S. Bach.
N.B. This is the second of two recitals on the 16th of July, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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14 July 2017

Naunton (Cheltenham) United Kingdom , St. Andrew's Church
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a varied programme of works by French masters Couperin, Rameau, and d'Anglebert, alongside modern works by Bohuslav Martinu and Mel Powell, and J.S. Bach.
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13 July 2017

Pulborough United Kingdom , Champs Hill
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variation (BWV 988), with pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. and performance at 8:00 p.m., in the Champs Hill music room.
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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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14 June 2017

Vienna Austria, Wiener Konzerthaus
Recital with Avi Avital

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8 June 2017

Jerusalem Israel , Israel Museum
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital of works by Tomkins, Farnaby, and Bach - father and son - for his recital debut in Israel.

Festival organized by the Israel Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

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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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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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28 May 2017

Chemnitz Germany , Schlosskirche Chemnitz
Mozart and the Bohemians - with La Folia Barockorchester
Mahan Esfahani performs concertos by Benda and the young Mozart with La Folia Barockorchester (http://www.lafoliabarockorchester.net) at the Saxon Mozart Festival.
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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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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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10 May 2017

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

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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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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23 March 2017

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


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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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19 March 2017

Princeton United States, McCarter Theater
Solo Recital

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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

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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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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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23 February 2017

Oxford United Kingdom, Keble College
Masterclass
Masterclass as part of the Keble College Early Music Festival
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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21 January 2017

Elmau, Upper Bavaria Germany, Schloss Elmau
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the famed Schloss Elmau to perform a recital including J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations and Steve Reich's Piano Phase.
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13 January 2017

Cardiff Wales (UK), Wales Millennium Centre - BBC Hoddinott Hall
Michael Nyman: Concerto for Harpsichord (1995)
BBC NOW celebrates ‘Great Brits’ – rebels of the post-war era; composers who carved their own
musical direction, embracing rock music and American influences on a symphonic scale.

Clark Rundell, conductor
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

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21 December 2016

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
'Goldberg' Variations at Wigmore Hall
To mark the start of a multi-year Bach series at London's famed Wigmore Hall, Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (1741).
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12 December 2016

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
Recital with Adam Walker
LSO co-principal flute Adam Walker and Mahan Esfahani perform in the concert hall of the Royal Northern College of Music as part of the Manchester Chamber Concerts series, in a programme of works by Couperin, Philidor, and J.S. Bach

28 November 2016

London United Kingdom, Royal Over-Seas League
'Time Regained' (Eastern Seasons Festival, London)
International virtuoso harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will perform a compelling programme of baroque and contemporary classics together with London-based Russian Virtuosi of Europe (http://www.thervoe.com) under the direction of Yuri Zhislin.

This is part of the 'Eastern Seasons' festival, an annual week of cultural, sport and business events taking place in London in late November/early December. Established in 2015, the project celebrates relationships between people and strives to reinforce the links between countries of Eastern and Western Europe.

J.S Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor BWV1052 (1738)
H. Gorecki Harpsichord Concerto op. 40 (1980)
B. Bartok Romanian Folk Dances (1915)
P. Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence (1892)

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26 November 2016

Montreal Canada , Cafe Aunja
Festival Bach de Montréal - 'Conversation with Mahan Esfahani'
"Conversation with Mahan Esfahani"
(Part of the Bach Festival of Montreal)

Moderation by Kelly Rice, Schulich School of music, McGill University (in English only)

Free admission - Limited places

Coffee and pastries available for sale on the premises

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25 November 2016

Montreal Canada, Salle Bourgie
Festival Bach de Montréal
'Bach out of Bounds'

Les Violons du Roy
Mathieu Lussier, conductor
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Bach in counterpoint with two ultra-modern composers, here is a programme which fits the Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani like a glove. Indeed, he comments, it is J.S. Bach who brought him to know and appreciate all music. And the unconventional musical choices don’t stop there: as a matter of fact, to spice up Bach’s Concerto our soloist chooses a surprising cadence by Johannes Brahms.

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24 November 2016

Quebec Canada, Palais Montcalm
Concert with Les Violons du Roy
Qualifié de véritable poète du clavecin, Mahan Esfahani, dont la personnalité musicale a frappé l’imagination des mélomanes à travers le monde, prend part à un audacieux programme allant de Bach à
Gorecki.

C. VIVIER Pulau Dewata (orchestration pour cordes M. Oesterle)
J.S. BACH Concerto pour clavecin en ré mineur, BWV1052
H. GÓRECKI Concerto pour clavecin, op.40
J.S. BACH Suite pour orchestre no2 en si mineur, BWV1067

Mathieu Lussier, chef
Mahan Esfahani, clavecin

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20 November 2016

Kingston, Ontario Canada, Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital of works by Sweelinck, Rameau, and J.S. Bach.
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11 November 2016

Oxford United Kingdom, Sheldonian Theatre
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations at Oxford's historic Sheldonian Theatre.
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27 October 2016

Bergamo Italy , Sala Greppi
Recital with Michala Petri
Danish recorder legend Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani appear at Bergamo's historic Sala Greppi in a programme of works by Corelli and J.S. Bach.
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24 October 2016

, Devon United Kingdom, Two Moors Festival
Recital with Adam Walker
LSO co-principal flute Adam Walker and Mahan Esfahani perform a programme of works by Couperin, Benda, Philidor, and J.S. Bach
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19 October 2016

Valletta Malta, Teatru Manoel
Concert at the Teatru Manoel
A programme with the members of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra's baroque ensemble, including works by Scheidt, Telemann, J.S. Bach, and Benda.
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8 October 2016

San Francisco, California United States, Strand Theater
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance with San Francisco Performances in a recital of works by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Steve Reich, Lou Harrison, Scarlatti, and Kaija Saariaho.

N.B. There will be a post-performance Q&A/Demo at 9.45 P.M.

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6 October 2016

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
guest with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
To celebrate Mahan Esfahani's new position as Baroque Artist-in-Residence with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, he hosts the opening for this year's 'Baroque Conversations' with a programme of works from the court of Frederick the Great, culminating in the harpsichord concerto of Jiří Antonín Benda.
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30 September 2016

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
Masterclass
Mahan Esfahani teaches a masterclass to students of Los Angeles' world-class school for the performing arts, the Colburn School.
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17 September 2016

Beijing China, Forbidden City Concert Hall
Solo Recital
J.S. Bach: 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988)

Mahan Esfahani returns to Beijing in a solo recital, continuing pioneering work for the harpsichord in the People's Republic of China .

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16 September 2016

Tokyo Japan , Oji Hall
Solo Recital
The third concert of Mahan Esfahani's autumn tour of Asia; programme to include works by J.S. Bach.
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11 September 2016

Tokorozawa , Saitama Prefecture Japan , Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Centre Muse
Solo Recital
Harpsichord recital of Bach and others in the recital hall of Tokorozawa's civic cultural centre; second date of Asian autumn tour.
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10 September 2016

Tokyo Japan , Parthenon Tama
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to Tokyo with a recital of J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) as the first leg of an Asian tour celebrating the release of a new recording for Deutsche Grammophon.
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1 September 2016

Geneva Switzerland, Espace Muraille
Solo Recital
A recital of baroque and modern works for harpsichord at one of Geneva's premier contemporary art galleries, Espace Muraille. Programme to include works by J.S. Bach and Steve Reich.
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13 August 2016

Helsinki Finland, BRQ Vantaa
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts
Complete Rameau Pièces de clavecin en concerts (1741) with Florence Malgoire (violin) and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (viol).
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9 August 2016

Helsinki Finland, BRQ Vantaa
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the BRQ festival of Helsinki for the third year in a row. The first of two concerts will be a solo recital of works from the Bach Family, Duschek, and Ligeti.
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5 August 2016

New York City United States , Stanley Kaplan Penthouse
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his debut at Lincoln Center for the 'Mostly Mozart' festival (www.mostlymozart.org)

Named BBC Music Magazine’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year, Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani has traveled the globe, from Boston to Prague to London, on a singular quest to prove the harpsichord is not only still relevant, but revolutionary. The “exhaustingly brilliant” artist (New York Times) presents a late-night ode to the ultimate keyboard composer, from beloved excerpts of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier through a 1978 chaconne by the avant-garde composer György Ligeti.
This concert will be streamed live. Cameras will be present.

Bach: Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (1744)
C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in G minor, Wq 65/17
Johann Christian Bach: Sonata in C minor, Op. 5, No. 6
Dušek: Sonata in B-flat major
Ligeti: Hungarian Rock (1978)

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1 August 2016

Aspen, Colorado United States , Aspen Music Festival
Aspen Festival Debut - Saariaho and Falla
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the 67-year old Aspen Music Festival, one of the oldest and most respected of its kind in the United States. Continuing his pioneering work for the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert life, he performs Manuel de Falla's Concerto for Harpsichord (1926) and Kaija Saariaho's 'Le jardin secret ii' (1986) for harpsichord and tape.

FALLA: Harpsichord Concerto
KAIJA SAARIAHO: Jardin Secret II **
SCHUBERT: Fantasy in C major, D. 934
GUILLAUME CONNESSON: Techno Parade

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19 July 2016

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani "returns home" to the Wigmore Hall, performing a recital of works by John Bull, C.P.E. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and modern works by Kajia Saariaho, Axel Borup-Jorgensen, and a world premiere by British composer Daniel Kidane.
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8 July 2016

Schwerin Germany , Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the invitation of his colleague Igor Levit, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations BWV 988.
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3 July 2016

Girona Spain, Festival Nits de Classica
Solo Recital
A solo recital of modern and baroque works for harpsichord for the 'Festival Nits de Classica' of Girona. N.B. This recital will be held in the cloisters of Girona Cathedral (see link for tickets below on venue information)

Programme to include:

B. Martinu: Deux impromptus (1935) / Sonate (1958)
L. Harrison: Six Sonatas (1943)
V. Kalabis: Aquarelles op. 53 (1979)
K. Saariaho: Le jardin secret II for harpsichord and tape
J.Ph. Rameau: Trois pièces
J.S: Bach: Partita núm. 6, BWV 830

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28 June 2016 -
3 July 2016

Risor Norway , Risor Festival of Chamber Music
Risor Festival of Chamber Music
Joining Henning Kragerrud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Liza Ferschtman, Imogen Cooper, and others, Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at one of the world's most famous chamber music festivals, further achieving a mainstream place for the harpsichord.

Details on concerts to be provided - including 'Art of Fugue' (J.S. Bach) in a new transcription by Mahan Esfahani for the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

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24 June 2016

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
"Wigmore Late NIghts" with Adam Walker, flute

Adam Walker and Mahan Esfahani present a thrilling survey of early sonatas for flute and harpsichord, opening with one of François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux and including the majestic Suite No. 5 in E minor by Pierre Danican Philidor, Couperin’s colleague and a member of Louis XIV’s Chambre du Roy.

Their programme also includes virtuoso solo works for each instrument.

(N.B. this is a late night recital at 10 PM)

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18 June 2016

Gregynog, Wales United Kingdom, Gregynog Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Gregynog Festival of Wales, performing works from the 'Dublin' virginals manuscript (c. 1570) and English and Welsh contemporaries. N.B. This recital will not be in Gregynog but in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth (https://www.llgc.org.uk) where the Dublin manuscript is held.
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11 June 2016

Fakenham, Norfolk United Kingdom , Raynham Hall
Recital with Avi Avital, mandolinist

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9 June 2016

Oslo Norway, Emanuel Vigeland Museum
See programme for 08. June
Second night of modern music, in collaboration with Norwegian sound artist Alexander Rishaug
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8 June 2016

Oslo Norway, Emanuel Vigeland Museum
Recital, in collaboration with sound artist Alexander Rishaug
The first of two recitals in the fascinating fresco-covered mausoleum of Emanuel Vigeland - a recital of 20th- and 21st-century music with harpsichord and tape, in collaboration with Norwegian sound artist Alexander Rishaug (www.arishaug.com)
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7 June 2016

Bergen Norway, Bergen International Festival
Bach and Sons with Concerto Köln
"The star behind the comeback of the harpsichord as a mainstream instrument goes to the heart of Bach."

Mahan Esfahani and Concerto Köln perform concertos of the Bach Family and others for the Bergen Festival, marking Mahan's debut in Norway.

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21 May 2016

Bad Krozingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany, Schlosskonzerte Bad Krozingen
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital for the historic series at Schloss Bad Krozingen, home to a great collection of historic keyboard instruments assembled by the late Fritz Neumeyer
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18 May 2016

London United Kingdom, St. John's Smith Square
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the London Festival of Baroque Music (formerly known as the 'Lufthansa Festival' - www.lfbm.org.uk) with a harpsichord recital exploring concepts of Rhetoric and Speech (with speaker/singer TBA).
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12 May 2016

Beijing People's Republic of China, National Centre for Performing Arts
concert with Britten Sinfonia
See programme listings for Shanghai and Tianjin.
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11 May 2016

Tianjin, People's Republic of China, Grand Theatre Tianjin
concert with Britten Sinfonia
See listing for 06.May.
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6 May 2016

Shanghai People's Republic of China, Shanghai Concert Hall
Concert with Britten Sinfonia
First appearance in China, performing J.S. Bach's d-minor concerto (BWV 1052) with the Britten Sinfonia.
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27 April 2016 -
1 May 2016

Cologne Germany, Deutschlandfunk
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon
Recording sessions for second Deutsche Grammophon album.
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19 April 2016

Tallinn Estonia, Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital at the great hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, as part of the "Tallinn Harpsichord Days."
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14 April 2016

Brisbane Australia, Brisbane Baroque Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Australia in collaboration with the Brisbane Baroque Festival (http://www.brisbanebaroque.com.au), performing a solo recital of works from the Bach Family.
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31 March 2016

Nottingham United Kingdom, Djanogly Recital Hall
Recital with Avi Avital

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28 March 2016

Istanbul Turkey, CRR - Cemal Resit Rey Konsersalonu
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to Istanbul with a programme of J.S. Bach, Rameau, and others at Istanbul's famous Cemal Resit Rey concert hall.
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9 March 2016

Madrid Spain, Fundacio Juan March
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Madrid with a recital at the Fundacio Juan March, performing works by the predecessors of Scarlatti and the great Neapolitan-Spanish master himself.
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7 March 2016

Hitzacker, Lower Saxony Germany, Musikwoche Hitzacker
concertos with Albrecht Mayer and Friends
In his second collaboration for the Musikwoche Hitzacker, Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's Concerto in d-minor (BWV 1052) and joins Mr. Mayer and friends for the master's 'Ich habe genug,' BWV 82.
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5 March 2016

Hitzacker, Lower Saxony Germany, Musikwoche Hitzacker
concertos with Albrecht Mayer and Friends
Making his first appearance with the celebrated oboist Albrecht Mayer and colleagues, Mahan Esfahani performs his own reconstruction of Bach's d-minor Concerto for harpsichord, oboe, and strings (BWV 1059a), joining Mr. Mayer and others for an oboe concerto by Handel and Haydn's 'Surprise' Symphony.
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28 February 2016

Cologne Germany, Kölner Philharmonie
concertos with Concerto Köln
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Koelner Philharmonie, performing harpsichord concertos by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach with Concerto Köln (http://www.concerto-koeln.de).
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23 February 2016

Oxford United Kingdom, Keble College
Solo Recital
As part of his role as patron of the Keble College Early Music Festival in Oxford (http://www.keblemusic.co.uk/early-music-festival.html), Mahan Esfahani returns to Keble to perform a recital of works by Bach, Couperin, and contemporaries of Byrd in the Keble College Chapel.
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20 February 2016

Bath United Kingdom, The Guildhall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital including three of Bach's 'French' Suites (BWV 812-817) for the Bath BachFest at the historic 18th-century Guildhall.
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18 February 2016

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Wigmore Hall recital with Avi Avital
Recital with mandolin player Avi Avital; special guest Sean Shibe will be joining the duo for Paul Ben Haim's beautiful 'Sonata a tre' for mandolin, guitar, and harpsichord (1968).
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12 February 2016

Hong Kong China, Hong Kong City Hall
Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and Mahan Esfahani
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Hong Kong performing concertos by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach with Collegium Musicum Hong Kong under the direction of Maestro J. Poon.
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20 January 2016

Valletta Malta, Teatru Manoel
Concertos with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani performs concertos by Francis Poulenc (1928) and Henryk Gorecki (1980) with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
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19 January 2016

Valletta Malta, National Library of Malta
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) as part of the Valletta International Baroque Festival (http://www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt) in the great hall of the National Library of Malta.
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7 December 2015

Brno Czech Republic, Besední dům
recital with Pavel Šporcl
J.S. Bach's Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) as part of Pavel Šporcl's ''Bach Marathon." (see programmes for 4.September and 6.September)
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6 December 2015

České Budějovice Czech Republic, Římskokatolická farnost - děkanství u kostela sv. Mikuláše
recital with Pavel Šporcl
See listing for 4.September
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4 December 2015

Prague Czech Republic, Prague Symphony Chamber Concerts
recital with Pavel Šporcl
J.S. Bach's Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) as part of Pavel Šporcl's ''Bach Marathon."
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3 December 2015

Southampton United Kingdom, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) at Turner Sims Concert Hall.
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2 December 2015

Prague Czech Republic, Rudolfinum
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his anticipated Rudolfinum debut in a programme to include works by William Byrd and his contemporaries, J.S. Bach, Bohuslav Martinu, Viktor Kalabis, and Bela Bartok.
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28 November 2015

Berlin Germany, Konzerthaus Berlin
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his anticipated Berlin recital debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988). This is held in conjunction with the hall's 'Bach Marathon.'
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27 November 2015

London United Kingdom, Wimbledon College
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital of works by Louis Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, Prokofiev, Martinu, and J.S. Bach for the Wimbledon Music Festival (www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk).

14 November 2015

Los Angeles United States, private residence
'Iran à la carte'
Mahan Esfahani and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra appear in a programme graciously hosted by Ahmad and Haleh Gramian, supporters of the LACO; programme to include works by Martinu, Telemann, Couperin, and Rameau.
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12 November 2015

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: 'Baroque Conversations'
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a programme of Erlebach, Telemann, and J.S. Bach, including the great master's celebrated Concerto in d-minor (BWV 1052).
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6-9 November 2015

Seattle United States, Benaroya Hall
Recording with Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot
Recording of Henri Dutilleux's 'Les Citations' (1985/2010) with the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Ludovic Morlot.
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31 October 2015

London United Kingdom, Barbican Centre
'Get Classical' - solo recital
From the Barbican Centre:

"Sound Unbound is a weekend festival that releases classical music from its traditional confines: you can tap into any of the short sessions in our Conservatory, foyers or concert halls, engage in debates around the genre, take a pint in and live tweet the concert, or go all night with a Nonclassical DJ set and our Classical Overnighter."

For this innovative new festival, Mahan Esfahani will be performing works by Mel Powell, Steve Reich, J.S. Bach, and others. N.B. there are two recitals on this date

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31 October 2015

London United Kingdom, Barbican Centre
'Get Classical' - solo recital
From the Barbican Centre:

"Sound Unbound is a weekend festival that releases classical music from its traditional confines: you can tap into any of the short sessions in our Conservatory, foyers or concert halls, engage in debates around the genre, take a pint in and live tweet the concert, or go all night with a Nonclassical DJ set and our Classical Overnighter."

For this innovative new festival, Mahan Esfahani will be performing works by Mel Powell, Steve Reich, J.S. Bach, and others. N.B. there are two recitals on this date

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30 October 2015

Bristol United Kingdom, St. George's Bristol
'Bach Doubles' - solo recital
The spirit of J S Bach permeates, whether by design or by sheer osmosis, the entire course of Western music that follows his remarkable time spent on this planet. Mahan Esfahani, an artist once referred to by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja’ and something of a force of nature himself, has created a programme that looks at ‘doubles’ for Bach’s works and musical language. He starts with pieces penned by Bach’s own sons before fast forwarding to the 20th century to the ecstatic patterns of Steve Reich’s ”Piano Phase” (transcribed for harpsichord with pre-recorded tape) and jazz pianist Mel Powell’s classic “Recitative and Toccata percossa”.

23-25 October 2015

Copenhagen Denmark, Vor Frelsers Kirke
Recording
Recording Axel Borup-Jorgensen's (1924-2012) opus 133 for organ and harpsichord with the Danish organist Jens Christensen; the next project in a series of recordings of the late Danish modernist's music sponsored by the Edition Borup-Jorgensen (http://www.borup-jorgensen.dk)
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18 October 2015

Oxford United Kingdom, Balliol College
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital for the Balliol College Music Society in the college hall. Programme TBA
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3 October 2015

London United Kingdom, Barbican Centre
Gorecki concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gorecki
Old Polish Music Op 24
Kyrie Op 83 (UK premiere)
Concerto for Harpsichord
Symphony No 2 Op 31 'Copernican'

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit conductor
Marie Arnet soprano
Iain Paterson baritone
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
BBC Symphony Chorus

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27 September 2015

Dresden Germany, Residenzschloss
Solo Recital
"Cembalo und Diplomatie":

Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the Dresdner Kunstfest with J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).


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18 September 2015

Pamplona Spain, Auditorio Baluarte
concertos with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
See listing for 17.September
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17 September 2015

Pamplona Spain, Auditorio Baluarte
concertos with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
Making his Spanish debut, Mahan Esfahani performs the harpsichord concerts of Francis Poulenc (1928) and Henryk Gorecki (1980) with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra under the baton of Antoni Wit.
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6 September 2015

Isle of Purbeck United Kingdom, Purbeck Chamber Music Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) at the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival. N.B. this is a morning concert.
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5 September 2015

Isle of Purbeck United Kingdom, Purbeck Chamber Music Festival
Natalie Clein and Friends
Natalie Clein and Friends perform the opening concert of the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival:

J.S Bach: Two Part Inventions for different string duos and harpsichord, BWV 772-801
Hayden Chisholm: Larissa Passacaglia (Festival commission for strings and overtone voice)
J.S. Bach: Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord No.1 in G Major, BWV 1027
J.S.Bach: Siciliano from Violin Sonata in C minor, BWV1017
J.S Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B Flat Major, BWV 1051

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30 August 2015

Erfurt Germany, Achava Festspiele Thüringen
Recital with Avi Avital

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29 August 2015

Gdansk/Danzig Poland, Goldberg Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his Polish debut at the celebrated Goldberg Festival of Gdansk, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).
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27 August 2015

Sablé-sur-Sarthe France, Festivale de Sablé
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his French recital debut at the Festival de Sablé with the 'Goldberg' Variations of J.S. Bach (BWV 988).
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11 August 2015

Kilkenny Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his association with the Kilkenny Arts Festival with a late-night performance of J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).
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8 August 2015

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Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Part 2
Mahan Esfahani makes his Irish debut at the Kilkenny Arts Festival with J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. The second of two halves.

7 August 2015

Kilkenny Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Part 1
Mahan Esfahani makes his Irish debut at the Kilkenny Arts Festival with J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. The first of two halves, with the second half being performed on the following day.
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2 August 2015

Helsinki Finland, BRQ Vantaa
Recital with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
J.S. Bach: the Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Cembalo concertato (BWV 1029)

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Mahan Esfahani, cembalo

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23 July 2015

Harrogate United Kingdom, Harrogate International Festival
Solo Recital
"Out of Place, Out of Time"
Couperin Pieces in G minor
WF Bach Sonata in E-flat, Fk. 3 & Scarlatti 5 sonatas
Bohuslav Martinu Sonata (1935)
Elisabeth Maconchy Notebook for Harpsichord
J.S. Bach Chromatische Fantasie & Fugue, BWV 903

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6 July 2015

Cheltenham United Kingdom, Cheltenham Festival
Solo Recital
Couperin Pièces en G
W.F. Bach Sonata in E flat
D. Scarlatti 5 sonatas
Martinů Deux pieces pour clavecin
Maconchy Notebook for Harpsichord
J.S. Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

Mahan Esfahani: ‘While conceiving this programme I was reading a great deal of magic realism and reflecting on art that is “out of time and out of place.” Bach, of course, transcends all these boundaries, and in the case of modern music I hope that people will see that the harpsichord can also exist outside of the artificial boundaries that have been drawn for it.’

To be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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4 July 2015

York United Kingdom, York Early Music Festival
trio recital with Kati Debretzeni and Richard Boothby
works by John Jenkins, William Lawes, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Jean-Philippe Rameau to celebrate the Entente Cordiale as part of the York Early Music Festival (www.ncem.co.uk)
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27 June 2015

Oxford United Kingdom, Sheldonian Theatre
Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 with Oxford Philomusica
CPE BACH Concerto for Flute in G major, H. 445
TELEMANN Concerto for 4 Violins in D major
JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major
HANDEL Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuoin B minor, Op. 2 No. 1

The Soloists of Oxford Philomusica
Tony Robb flute
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord

Turning the spotlight on the flute, the Soloists showcase the instrument’s solo role in celebrated forms of the day from the Concerto to the Trio Sonata. In between, the penultimate of Bach’s renowned Brandenburg Concertos sees the harpsichord come into its own, and Telemann's Concerto for Four Violins pits a quartet of soloists against each other in an exhilarating canon of interweaving melodic ribbons.

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21 June 2015

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Aldeburgh Festival
guest appearance with 'Arcangelo'
Really pleased to be collaborating with Jonathan Cohen and 'Arcangelo' (www.arcangelo.org.uk) in playing the harpsichord solo in Benjamin Britten's last great work, "Phaedra," with mezzo-soprano Christine Rice.
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13 June 2015

Leipzig Germany, BachFest Leipzig
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the legendary Bach Festival of Leipzig, performing the master's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) in a late-night recital.
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8 June 2015

Bratislava Slovakia, Days of Early Music
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Bratislava (where the great Zuzana Ruzickova taught for many years, incidentally!), performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) at the 'Days of Early Music.'
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26 May 2015

Salisbury United Kingdom, Salisbury International Arts Festival
Recital with Avi Avital, mandolin
Mahan Esfahani and foremost mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital join forces for an exploration of the music they both love. This promises to be a truly enjoyable and fun evening of new and old music.
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25 May 2015

Salisbury United Kingdom, Salisbury International Arts Festival
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Mahan Esfahani performs the entirety of the first book of J.S. Bach's monumental Well-Tempered Clavier in recital at the Salisbury International Arts Festival.
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11 May 2015

Newbury United Kingdom, Newbury Spring Festival
Recital with Adam Walker
Adam Walker, Britain's leading flautist, and Mahan Esfahani make their first appearance as a duo team in a programme of Baroque and modern works.
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6 May 2015

Berlin Germany, DG Yellow Lounge
collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Deutsche Grammophon/Universal collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the close of WWII. Details TBD.
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27 April 2015

London United Kingdom, Milton Court
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at London's newest concert hall, Milton Court. Programme to include works by J.S. Bach and young British composers.
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26 March 2015

Vienna Austria , Chaya Fuera
Yellow Lounge club event
25.02.2015 YELLOW LOUNGE am 26.03. zum ersten Mal in Wien

Seit über 10 Jahren bringt die Yellow Lounge außergewöhnliche klassische Musiker des Traditionslabels Deutsche Grammophon in die Clubs von Berlin über Amsterdam bis nach New York. Zusammen mit DJs und VJs entstehen jedes mal einzigartige Abende, die klassische Musik und Clubkultur kombinieren. Das Konzept macht Schule und Yellow Lounge Events sind inzwischen rund um den Erdball erfolgreich.

Dieses Jahr ist die Yellow Lounge zum ersten Mal in Wien und präsentiert dort gleich 4 Live-Acts der Klassik: Nemanja Radulovic, Janoska Ensemble, Maddalena Del Gobbo und Mahan Esfahani.

YELLOW LOUNGE am 26. März 2015
im CHAYA FUERA Kandlgasse 21, 1070 Wien (Beginn: 20:00)

Für einen starken Sound und pulsierende Beats sorgt anschliessend DJ Cay Taylan.

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20 March 2015

Leeds United Kingdom, Howard Assembly Room
Recital with Natalie Clein
Programme TBA.
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6 March 2015

Munich Germany, Bell'Arte Festival
Solo Recital
»Barock-Imaginationen eines Cembalo-Genies«

Mahan Esfahani - Cembalo


»Mit solcher Virtuosität und entwaffnendem Vortrag liegt es nahe, dass Mahan Esfahani eine ganz neue Wertschätzung dieses Instruments inspiriert.«
-The Guardian/London 12/13)

»Der ideale Interpret für Bachs erstaunlichen Genius. Das Cembalo als ein interpretierendes Instrument hörte sich noch nie so ausdrucksstark an. Mahan Esfahanis unglaubliche Technik, Musikalität und Intensität der Konzentration verzauberte bei einem packenden Abend.«
-The Observer 7/12


Orlando Gibbons: Pavane in g „The Queenes Command“ & „Fantasia“´
Johann Sebastian Bach: Englische Suite Nr. 6 d-Moll BWV 811
Francois Couperin ,Le Grand’ : „Les vieux seigneurs – les petits-maitres cy-devant“, „Les ondes“, „Le tic-toc-choc“ & „L’Amphibie“
Domenico Scarlatti: Sechs Cembalosonaten in fis-Moll (K. 25), D-Dur (K. 490,491 & 492), g-Moll (K. 8) sowie E-Dur (K. 20)

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5 March 2015

Paris France, Fondation Dosne-Thiers
Qobuz Présente...
Qobuz, the leading French commercial streaming and downloading service, presents a press conference at 18h30 and a performance by the 'nouveau sensation du clavecin,' Mahan Esfahani, to introduce his work to the French press and celebrate the May release of his first album for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal.

for tickets:
RSVP pr@qobuz.com

28 February 2015

Oxford United Kingdom, Keble College
Solo Recital
I'm really thrilled to be asked to be Patron of the Keble College Oxford Early Music Festival, now in its second year, and am honoured to continue my association with this festival. In conjunction with my patronage, I will be performing a solo recital in the Keble College chapel, a beautiful example of the Victorian Gothic style.
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26 February 2015

London United Kingdom, LSO St Luke's
Recital with Natalie Clein
Bach Gamba Sonata No 1 in G major
Ligeti Solo Cello Sonata
György Kurtág Selection from ‘Signs, Games and Messages’ for solo cello
Bach Gamba Sonata No 3 in G minor

Natalie Clein cello
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord

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17 February 2015

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Recital with Michala Petri
Michala Petri, the world's leading recorder player for five decades, appears in a recital with duo partner Mahan Esfahani in an evening completely dedicated to modern and new music.
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15 February 2015

Birkerød , Zealand Denmark, Manziusgården
Recital with Michala Petri
Recital of modern works and new commission with Michala Petri.

8 February 2015

Houston United States, Bach Society Houston
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital of works by the Bach Family in his first appearance in Houston; only appearance in the United States in the 2014-2015 season.
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2 February 2015

London United Kingdom, Stationer's Hall
'Hanoverian Splendours'
Mahan Esfahani appears as soloist with The Hanover Band (www.thehanoverband.com) in a programme including concertos by Carl Friedrich Abel and Johann Sebastian Bach.
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24 January 2015

London United Kingdom, 20th Century Theatre
"Berlin: the Age of Enlightenment"
A project furthering Mahan Esfahani's ongoing collaboration with the ASPECT Foundation, this time exploring Berlin in the Age of Enlightenment. Programme details TBA.
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15 January 2015

Elmau, Upper Bavaria Germany, Schloss Elmau
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani plays a recital of Rameau and Bach at the fabled Schloss Elmau.
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11 January 2015

Bruges/Brugge Belgium, Concertgebouw Brugge
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital of works by the composer of the English 'Golden Age' in his return to the Concertgebouw of Brugge.
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14-19 December 2014

Berlin Germany, DG Yellow Lounge
Yellow Lounge Project
A project for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal's Yellow Lounge series. Details TBA.
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9 December 2014

London United Kingdom, Savile Club
Solo Recital
(not open to the public)
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7 December 2014

London United Kingdom, Shakespeare's Globe
Recital with Avi Avital
Virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describe their meeting through the music of Bach in this, their first London concert together as a duo. From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both are driven by a passion for their music and the contemporary resonance of their instruments.
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13 November 2014

London United Kingdom, Hampstead Arts Festival
Solo Recital
A recital of works by Rameau by "his instrument's leading champion" (International Piano), this will be the official launch of Mahan's recording of J-Ph. Rameau's complete solo harpsichord music for the Hyperion label, hosted by the Hampstead Arts Festival.
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6 November 2014

East Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom, Cobbe Collection
Solo Recital
After recording the complete keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau for the Hyperion label on the 1636/1763 Ruckers-Hemsch harpsichord at Hatchlands Park, Mahan Esfahani returns to Hatchlands Park to perform a programme of music by J.S. Bach and three of his sons - Wilhelm Friedemann (1710-1784), C.P.E. (1714-1788), and Johann Christian (1735-1782) on instruments from the celebrated Cobbe Collection.
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4 November 2014

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Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
See listing for 2014-11-03.

3 November 2014

London United Kingdom, St. George's Hanover Square
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Mahan Esfahani performs the monumental first book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I). *please note*: this is the first concert of two (the second being on the 4th of November at the same time and venue)
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29 October 2014

Worldwide, Classic FM
Webchat
To promote a new disc of Corelli op. 5 sonatas with Michala Petri, I'll be doing a webchat with fans of Classic FM online. Time TBA.
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26 October 2014

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Recital with Bojan Cicic
"In the Name of Bach"

Violin and Viola d’Amore - Bojan Cicic
Harpsichord - Mahan Esfahani

A delightful programme of Sonatas in the galant style for violin and harpsichord as well as for viola d’amore and harpsichord. JS Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, is featured, as well as some of his colleagues who worked alongside him in Potsdam.

21-25 October 2014

Copenhagen Denmark, Garnisonskirken
Recording with Michala Petri
Recording of modern music, including a new commission, for OUR Recordings: www.ourrecordings.com
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17 October 2014

Arundel United Kingdom, Arundel Town Hall
Lecture
I'm pleased to help my friends at the Hanover Band (www.thehanoverband.com) and their performance of J.S. Bach's Mass in b-minor with a lecture on Bach's great work at Arundel Town Hall the night before.

15 October 2014

London United Kingdom, 20th Century Theatre
''Paris: The Age of Enlightenment"
Paris circa 1770: home to the brilliant philosopher, writer and chief editor of the Encyclopédie Denis Diderot ­– one of the most courageous advocates of a radical, godless Enlightenment. He and other like-minded intellectuals would meet at the salon of Baron d’Holbach to discuss how best to lead lives of passion and empathy, to indulge in fervent debates about opera, and to listen to chamber music – Diderot himself saw music as a direct route into people’s hearts and minds.
In this concert, historian Philipp Blom, in company with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and friends, will investigate Diderot’s close relationship with music, interspersing period-instrument performances of chamber works by Marais, Rebel, Rameau, Forqueray and C.P.E. Bach – compositions that resonated through his life – with readings from his letters, essays and novels.

Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Kati Debretzeni violin
Richard Boothby viola da gamba
Illustrated talk by Philipp Blom

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9 October 2014

Copenhagen Denmark, Mogens Dahl Koncerthus
Recital with Michala Petri
Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani perform works by J.S. Bach, Corelli (from their new album for OUR Recordings: www.ourrecordings.com), Axel Borup-Jorgensen, and Daniel Kidane.
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9 October 2014

Copenhagen Denmark, Mogens Dahl Koncerthus
Recital with Michala Petri
Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani perform works by J.S. Bach, Corelli (from their new album for OUR Recordings: www.ourrecordings.com), Axel Borup-Jorgensen, and Daniel Kidane.
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22 August 2014

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Snape Maltings
Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I
To celebrate my thirtieth birthday and the completion of my residency at Aldeburgh/Britten-Pears, I will be performing the first book of J.S. Bach's monumental Well-Tempered Clavier (1722) in its entirety for the Snape Proms. This is an immense honour and I'm delighted to be returning to Snape for this opportunity.
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17 August 2014

Arundel United Kingdom, Arundel Festival
Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I
Second concert of the complete first book of J.S. Bach's monumental Well-Tempered Clavier (1722).
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16 August 2014

Arundel United Kingdom, Arundel Festival
Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I
First concert of the complete first book of J.S. Bach's monumental Well-Tempered Clavier (1722).
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8 August 2014

Kendal, Cumbria United Kingdom, Lake District Summer Music
Solo Recital
"Join with us in welcoming the dynamic young harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who marks CPE Bach's tercentenary with a programme of his works alongside his contemporaries, including his older brother.''

Programme to include works by CPE and WF Bach, Benda, and Couperin Le Grand.


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5 August 2014

Helsinki Finland, BRQ Vantaa
Solo Recital
Solo harpsichord recital for the BRQ Vantaa festival of works by C.P.E. Bach and his contemporaries. Refer to listing for 4 August for venue details.
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4 August 2014

Helsinki Finland, BRQ Vantaa
Appearance with 'Ensemble Nylandia'
C.P.E. Bach, Concerto in c-minor (Wq. 37) with Ensemble Nylandia, directed by Matias Häkkinen.

Note that all BRQ Vantaa concerts are held at:
The Church of St. Lawrence
(Kirkkotie 45, Vantaa)

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1 August 2014

Bristol United Kingdom, Bristol Old Vic
Duo concert with Avi Avital
An encounter between the virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describing their meeting through the music of Bach.

From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both men are driven by a passion for their music and contemporary resonance of their instruments, one dating back to the early renaissance, the other to ancient Persia. This is their meeting point.

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26 July 2014

Berwick-upon-Tweed United Kingdom, Music at Paxton
Recital with Bojan Cicic, violin
As part of the Music at Paxton 'Bach Day,' a recital with the Croatian baroque violinist Bojan Cicic of works by J.S. Bach.
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26 July 2014

Berwick-upon-Tweed United Kingdom, Music at Paxton
''The Bach Family at Home''
A recital with William Berger, baritone (www.williamberger.com) and Susanne Heinrich, viola da gamba, of works from the Bach Family and their friends.
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16 July 2014

Elmau, Upper Bavaria Germany, Schloss Elmau
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the concert hall of the unique Schloss Elmau, performing a programme of works by C.P.E. and J.S. Bach and Couperin Le Grand.
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15 July 2014

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Wigmore Hall for a solo recital of works by Couperin Le Grand, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach (celebrating the composer's tercentenary), Toru Takemitsu, and Bohuslav Martinu.
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12 July 2014

Oxford United Kingdom, University Church of St Mary the Virgin
Mahan Esfahani with the Oxford Philomusica
As part of the ''Summer Baroque'' series, Mahan Esfahani returns to perform with the Oxford Philomusica in a programme of music by Bach (father and son) and Telemann.
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5 July 2014

Brinkburn Priory United Kingdom, Brinkburn Music Festival

The sound of a trumpet ringing out through the Priory Church will lend a martial air to the first concert on Saturday. Acclaimed Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani leads a programme which celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of C. P.E. Bach. We will hear his dramatic solo harpsichord sonatas, punctuated with duets for trumpet and soprano by Alessandro Scarlatti. Scarlatti’s arias, at times heroic and triumphal, capture the militarist splendour of the courts of early eighteenth-century Italy and are famous for the virtuosic vocal writing which was then in vogue.
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21 June 2014

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Aldeburgh Festival
Solo Recital
In a solo recital at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival, Mahan Esfahani brings his trail-blazing approach and over 300 years of harpsichord repertoire rich in connections and coloured by the spirit of the dance. Underpinned by the grace and purity of early English keyboard music and Bach’s elegance and rhythmic elan, Martinu’s capricious pastiches and Bartók’s nimble, earthy cross-rhythms lead inexorably to Ligeti’s tumultuous twentieth-century keyboard inventions. Celebrated for his piano Études elsewhere this Festival, these punchy, playful fantasias exude a breathtaking bravura and instantly redefine perceptions of this gloriously versatile and oft-misunderstood instrument.

Programme:
John Bull In Nomine IX; Les Bouffons; Fantasia XII
Bach French Suite in G, BWV816
Martinu Deux Impromptus pour clavecin, H381
Gibbons Pavan in G
Bartók Three Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm
Ligeti Passacaglia ungherese; Continuum; Hungarian Rock


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2-18 June 2014

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Aldeburgh Music
Aldeburgh Music Residency
See details for Aldeburgh Music Residency in May 2014.
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31 May 2014

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
''Balzan'' Conference solo recital
Solo recital of works by Rameau and Couperin exploring exoticism for the first Balzan Conference. For more about this exciting new initiative at Oxford, read here:
http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/balzan-research-project/

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23 May 2014

Nicosia Cyprus, Pharos Arts Foundation
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani return to the Shoe Factory to perform a solo recital for the Pharos Arts Foundation. Programme to include solo works from 17th and 18th century Italy.
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12-17 May 2014

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Aldeburgh Music
Aldeburgh Music Residency
Residency with Aldeburgh Music (http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk) professional development programme - J.S. Bach's ''Well-Tempered Clavier'' (Book I, 1722).

12 May 2014

Oxford United Kingdom, University Church of St Mary the Virgin
Bach Concertos with the Oxford Philomusica
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Oxford Philomusica's summer concerts to celebrate the concertos of J.S. Bach with orchestra soloists. Programme to include Concerto in f-minor for harpsichord, BWV 1056.
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4-7 May 2014

Copenhagen Denmark, Garnisonskirken
Recording with Michala Petri
Recording with Michala Petri (recorder) for OUR Recordings (www.ourrecordings.com) of Corelli, Op. 5 no. 7-12.
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3 May 2014

York United Kingdom, National Centre for Early Music
''Baroque Day'' at the University of York
Proud to continue my association with the University of York.

This year’s Baroque Day celebrates the tercentenary of CPE Bach’s birth with three concerts of music by members of his family, including his father JS Bach, and his godfather, Telemann. CPE Bach was a noted and well-published composer of sonatas, rondos and fantasias for solo harpsichord and fortepiano. His music has been much praised for its ability to move the passions of the listeners, being characterised by arresting changes in mood and style.

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4 April 2014

Washington, D.C. United States, Library of Congress
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani plays a recital celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) with a programme of works by Kuhnau, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Bohuslav Martinu, and Toru Takemitsu.
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27 March 2014

Bedford, United Kingdom, Bunyan Meeting
Recital with Bojan Cicic, violin
Recital of works by Vivaldi, Pisendel, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach with Bojan Cicic for the Bedford Music Club.
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21 March 2014

London United Kingdom, St. John's Smith Square
''Mahan Esfahani and Friends''
"Mahan Esfahani and Friends" :

A Celebration of J.S. and C.P.E. Bach

Mahan Esfahani plays solos and concertos by Bach, both Father and Son, with the Steinitz Bach Players. Event hosted by the London Bach Society (http://www.bachlive.co.uk).

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20 March 2014

Nottingham United Kingdom, Djanogly Recital Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Lakeside Arts Centre at the University of Nottingham, in a solo programme of works by Frescobaldi and Rameau.
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7 March 2014

Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom, St Cecilia's Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach, on period instruments in the Russell Collection at the University of Edinburgh. Details to be posted.
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3 March 2014

Zürich Switzerland, Tonhalle
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his Tonhalle debut in a recital programme of works by d'Anglebert, Prokofiev, and three Bachs (J.S., C.P.E., and W.F.).
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19:30 Uhr, Kleiner Saal
Mahan Esfahani Cembalo
Louis Couperin
Pavanne
Jean-Henry d' Anglebert
Aus: Pièces de Clavecin (1689)
Sergej Prokofjew
Aus: "Visions fugitives" op. 22
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cembalosonate As-Dur Wq 49/2 "Württemberg"
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Aus: 12 Polonaisen Fk 12
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita Nr. 2 c-Moll BWV 826
CHF 30

Ein ganz besonderes Konzert der Reihe Série jeunes ist jenes von Mahan Esfahani. Der junge iranische Cembalist verfügt auf seinem Instrument über ein Repertoire von vier Jahrhunderten und gibt in seinem Rezital einen Einblick in drei davon: ins 17. Jahrhundert mit den beiden französischen Komponisten Couperin und d'Anglebert, ins 18. Jahrhundert mit drei Vertretern aus der Familie Bach und mit Prokofjew sogar ins Russland des 20. Jahrhunderts.

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28 February 2014

Oxford United Kingdom, Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Couperin's Pavanne, D'Anglebert's Selections from 'Pieces De Clavecin', Kalabis's Sei Invenzioni Canonici Per Cembalo, CPE Bach's Sonata In E Flat Major, 'Wurttemberg', WF Bach's 3 Polonaises and JS Bach's English Suite No 3 In G Minor.
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18-21 February 2014

East Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom, Cobbe Collection
Recording with Hyperion Records
Second set of recording dates for a new complete recording of the keyboard works of a certain composer (unable to divulge!) with Hyperion Records (http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/), on the famed 1636/1763 Ruckers-Hemsch harpsichord belonging to the Cobbe Collection of Keyboard Instruments.
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12-14 February 2014

London United Kingdom, Fenton House
Filming for BBC 4
Filming for BBC 4 documentary on Music in Hanoverian England, to be released later in 2014.
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30 January 2014

London United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth Hall
OAE - C.P.E. Bach: Double Concerto for Fortepiano and Harpsichord
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (www.oae.co.uk)
Rebecca Miller conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Danny Driver fortepiano

Enjoy the music of forgotten trailblazer Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach.

The orchestra's players describe the composer and his music as 'Avant garde. Eccentric. A maniac. Wild and adventurous. Off the wall. Extraordinary.'

One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach's music is bright and effervescent, and a fascinating link between the music of his father (and the Baroque era) and Joseph Haydn (the Classical Era).

How can such an unknown be considered a gamechanger? A listen to his music reveals just why. It constantly shifts, wrongfooting the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour.

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Free pre-concert event
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 5.45pm
OAE Extras. Harpsichord vs. Fortepiano in CPE Bach's music. A talk led by Rebecca Miller with contributions from Mahan Esfahani and Danny Driver.

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25 January 2014

Arundel United Kingdom, Church of St Nicholas
Haydn's Harpsichord Concerto in D with the Hanover Band
Mahan Esfahani returns to collaborate with the Hanover Band, performing Haydn's celebrated D-Major harpsichord concerto under the baton of Benjamin Bayl (http://benjaminbayl.com).
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22 January 2014

London United Kingdom, King's College, University of London
Colloquium
Mahan Esfahani presents a colloquium with students of the music faculty at King's College, University of London, on Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach. Time and venue to be posted.
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11 January 2014

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
J.S. Bach ''Musical Offering'' with Academy of Ancient Music
Appearing with his colleagues from the Academy of Ancient Music (Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown, Andrew Skidmore), Mahan Esfahani presents a complete performance of J.S. Bach's monumental ''Musical Offering'' (BWV 1079) along with works by C.P.E. and J.C.F. Bach.

Note: this is part of the Royal Northern College of Music 2014 Chamber Music Festival and will be held at Manchester Cathedral.

18 December 2013

Bristol United Kingdom, Bristol University Faculty of Music
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani explores the aesthetic and influences upon C.P.E. Bach; with works by C.P.E. and W.F. Bach and selections from Francois Couperin Le Grand's 4th Book of Harpsichord Works (1730).
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17 December 2013

Bristol United Kingdom, Bristol University Faculty of Music
Lecture: ''C.P.E. Bach and the Limits of Refinement''
Mahan Esfahani gives a lecture on Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's keyboard works in preparation for the 2014 Tricentenary of C.P.E. Bach's birth.

All Bristol University Music Faculty research seminars at held in ''Victoria's Room'' at the Music Faculty.

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6 December 2013

Halifax United Kingdom, Square Chapel for the Arts
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Halifax Philharmonic Club for a recital of Frescobaldi, Louis Couperin, and Domenico Scarlatti.
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3 December 2013

Vienna Austria, Kammeroper Wien
"Portraitkonzert'' mit Rupert Enticknap, countertenor
Programme of Baroque and new music with countertenor Rupert Enticknap (Theater an der Wien); programme to include works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Caldara, et al.
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''Die jungen Sängerinnen und Sänger können Sie nicht nur in den Opernproduktionen in der Kammeroper erleben, sie werden ebenfalls geeignete Partien in den „großen“ Opernproduktionen im Theater an der Wien übernehmen.
Um aber die musikalische Persönlichkeit der Künstlerinnen und Künstler genauer kennenzulernen und ihre Entwicklung verfolgen zu können, präsentieren sie sich in jeder Saison in einem individuellen Portraitkonzert.''

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28 November 2013

East Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom, Cobbe Collection
Recording with Hyperion Records
See listings for 26. and 27.11.2013.
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27 November 2013

East Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom, Cobbe Collection
Recording with Hyperion Records
See listing for 26.11.2013
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26 November 2013

East Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom, Cobbe Collection
Recording with Hyperion Records
First set of recording dates for a new complete recording of the keyboard works of a certain composer (unable to divulge!) with Hyperion Records (http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/), on the famed 1636/1763 Ruckers-Hemsch harpsichord belonging to the Cobbe Collection of Keyboard Instruments.
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31 October 2013

Copenhagen Denmark, Garnisonskirken
Recital with Michala Petri (recording with Danish Radio)
’Gammelt og nyt’ med Michala Petri og Mahan Esfahani
Michala Petri (blokfløjte) og Mahan Esfahani (cembalo) har valgt at sætte den gamle musik op imod den nyskrevne musik - med ældre værker af bl.a. Bach, Corelli og Telemann og nyere værker af Vagn Holmboe og Axel Borup-Jørgensen.
Entré: 100 kr. Billetsalg ved indgangen.
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Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani play a recital at Copenhagen's historic Garrison Church (Garnisonskirken). Works by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, and modern Danish composers Axel Borup-Jørgensen and Vagn Holmboe.


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29 October 2013

London United Kingdom, "Music at 22 Mansfield St."
Recital with Bojan Cicic
With Bojan Cicic, distinguished Croatian baroque violinist, we'll be appearing at the renowned ''Music at 22 Mansfield Street" series (the home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas) in ''L'Ecole d'Orphee": a programme of French Baroque music for violin and harpsichord, including three sonatas by Jean-Marie Leclair, a suite by Jean-Fery Rebel, and solo keyboard works by Jean-Henry d'Anglebert and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

26 October 2013

Newcastle United Kingdom, Sage Gateshead
''Free Thinking" Festival - Radio 3 Live Broadcast
I'm thrilled to be invited as a panelist for BBC Radio 3's 'Free Thinking' Festival. Please see here:

http://www.sagegateshead.com/tour-dates/bbc-radio-3-free-thinking-festival-2013


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19 October 2013

London United Kingdom, Kings Place
Aurora Orchestra: '"Bach Unwrapped"
J S Bach Concerto in D BWV 1053 (performed with recorder solo)
Berio Lied
Berio Gesti
JS Bach Concerto in D minor BWV 1059 (performed with recorder solo)
JS Bach Sonata in E major BWV 1035
JS Bach arr. Erik Bosgraaf Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731
JS Bach arr. Erik Bosgraaf Oh Mensch Bewein dein Sünde gross BWV 622
Anna Meredith Origami Songs, with guest Mahan Esfahani

Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra

Established as one of the world's most gifted recorder players, Erik Bosgraaf's richly varied musical background - including a period spent playing in a rock band - underpins his omnivorous approach to music-making.

This adventurousness and versatility makes him a natural partner for Aurora Orchestra, which has built its reputation on musical eclecticism and collaboration across artistic frontiers. The result of their partnership is a truly unique Bach Unwrapped programme which includes the ravishing concerto BWV 1053 (originally for oboe), new Bach transcriptions created by Bosgraaf for this performance, and the world premiere performance of a new work for chamber orchestra and recorder by Anna Meredith, one of the UK's most celebrated young composers.

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18 October 2013

London United Kingdom, Kings Place
Mahan Esfahani with the Oxford Philomusica
As part of King's Place's ''BACH UNWRAPPED'' series.



Mahan Esfahani - harpsichord
Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom – conductor

Joined again by exceptional harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, the Philomusica presents Bach’s delightful Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 as part of the Bach Unwrapped series. A performance of the composer’s sublime Cantata 150 will illustrate why the world-famous Choir of New College, Oxford, are rightly renowned for their Baroque expertise. Both choir and orchestra will bring the concert to a memorable conclusion with Bach’s jubilant and enthralling Magnificat in D.

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1 October 2013

Leeds United Kingdom, Leeds International Concert Season
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a programme of J.S. and W.F. Bach, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, and Rameau for the Leeds International Concert Series, in his first appearance the ''The Venue'' (Leeds College of Music).
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24 September 2013

London United Kingdom, BBC Radio 3
''CD Review'' on Radio 3
Recording for Radio 3's ''CD Review'' - broadcast date to be posted!
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22 September 2013

Maastricht Netherlands, Cellebroederskapel
Solo Recital
In his first appearance at Maastricht's Musica Sacra Festival, Mahan Esfahani plays a programme exploring the influences on German rhetoric in keyboard music: from the English virginalists to J.S. Bach. Further exploring the impact of counterpoint past the Baroque period, this recital also features three inventions by the British composer Rob Keeley. (www.robkeeley.net)

Mahan Esfahani clavecimbel Wereldlijke muziek van Engelse ‘virginalisten’ als Byrd, Bull, Gibbons en Tomkins krijgt een sacraal karakter in de handen van collega’s als Scheidt, Pachelbel en Bach uit het Lutheraanse Duitsland.

(1st concert)

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22 September 2013

Maastricht Netherlands, Cellebroederskapel
Solo Recital
See programme for 1st concert on the same day.
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22 September 2013

Maastricht the Netherlands, Theater aan het Vrijthof
Radio Broadcast -
Mahan Esfahani appears on the Netherlands' Radio 4 (http://www.radio4.nl/) for a live broadcast at 9 AM to discuss the 2013 'Musica Sacra Festival' (www.musicasacramaastricht.nl/‎).

15 September 2013

Cologne Germany, Kölner Philharmonie
Mahan Esfahani with the Academy of Ancient Music
Koelner Philharmonie:

Mahan Esfahani Orgel, Cembalo

Academy of Ancient Music
Pavlo Beznosiuk Konzertmeister

Georg Friedrich Händel
Prélude e Capriccio HWV 571
für Tasteninstrument

Georg Friedrich Händel
Chaconne F-Dur HWV 485 (vor 1706?)
für Tasteninstrument

Georg Friedrich Händel
Concerto grosso D-Dur op. 3,6 HWV 317
für zwei Oboen, Fagott, konzertierende Orgel, Streicher und Basso continuo

Georg Friedrich Händel
Suite für Cembalo Nr. 1 B-Dur HWV 434 (1720)

Georg Friedrich Händel
Fuge für Cembalo Nr. 1 g-Moll HWV 605 (1717/18)

Mahan Esfahani spielt die Fuge Nr. 1 g-Moll als Mittelsatz in der Suite Nr. 1 B-Dur

Georg Friedrich Händel
Konzert für Cembalo oder Orgel und Orchester g-Moll op. 4,1 HWV 289

Mahan Esfahani spielt das Konzert g-Moll op. 4,1 auf der Orgel

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12 September 2013

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"Diario del Viaggio Adriatico"
Founded as the result of co-operation between the excellent young Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić and renowned harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, this promising ensemble researches the connection between the sung tone and instrumental music, which is very important for the Baroque period. In their program for Korčula, “Diario del viaggio Adriatico”, the ensemble will emphasise the exceptionally important links between the Croatian and Venetian Baroque music in the works of their most eminent representatives.

15 August 2013

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Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the Lincolnshire Chamber Music Festival (artistic director: Ashley Wass) in a solo harpsichord programme of works by W.F. Bach, Rameau, and Orlando Gibbons.

4 August 2013

Oxford United Kingdom, Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building
Lecture and Masterclass
As part of the Oxford Philomusica Summer Academy for pianists, Mahan Esfahani’s lecture will feature the topic of ‘Ornamentation and Virtuosity in Bach’s works’.

To complement the Piano Festival concert programme, the 15th Summer Academy offers over 50 hours of masterclasses to outstandingly gifted pianists, open to the public.

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3 August 2013

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Mahan Esfahani with the Oxford Philomusica
Harpsichord virtuoso and guest director Mahan Esfahani joins Oxford Philomusica in an elegant programme that celebrates the work of some of the finest composers of the baroque style. Programme to feature the Concerto for Flute, Violin, Cello and Strings in A from Telemann's ''Tafelmusik'' and the C-Major trio sonata by Bach's most gifted pupil, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg.

27 July 2013

London United Kingdom, Foundling Museum
The Contemporary Harpsichord Event of the Year
Last year, I had the pleasure of serving on the jury for the British Harpsichord Society's Composition Competition, judging hundreds of compositions for harpsichord sent from young composers all over the world.

Finals Showcase Concert of the British Harpsichord Society's International Composition Competition

No less than eight harpsichordists perform the prize winners' and other shortlisted works from the 2012 Competition, held to commemorate the Society's Tenth Anniversary, and the first of its kind in the UK. This concert event is the culmination of an initiative which drew over ninety pieces from 18 countries. It is sure to enlighten the audience by illuminating the harpsichord as a truly contemporary instrument through a highly diverse range of pieces.

The concert is also held in memorium for Stephen Dodgson whose harpsichord music is represented in the programme.

Performers (in alphabetical order): Penelope Cave, Jane Chapman, Maggie Cole, Mahan Esfahani, Elaine Funaro, Goska Isphording, Christoph Kaufmann, Pamela Nash

Composers: Alessandro Ponti (First Prize), Jung Sun Kang (Second Prize), Aled Smith and Jürgen Kraus (Joint-third Prize),

Satoru Ikeda, Thomas Donahue, Satoru Ikeda, Patrick Jones, Junghae Lee, Gavin Wayte, Enno Kastens, Ivan Boži?evi?.

Artistic Director: Pamela Nash

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25 July 2013

, Yorkshire United Kingdom, Castle Howard
''Triple Concert'' - Ryedale Festival
In his second appearance for the Ryedale Festival, Mahan Esfahani appears with Dutch recorder virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf (www.erikbosgraaf.com) in a "Triple Concert'' at Castle Howard - a very special event, unique to the Ryedale Festival, the Triple Concert features three contrasting concerts, each performed three times, with the audiences rotating between performances. Programme to include works by Van Wassanaer, Handel, John Blow, and Matteis.
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11 July 2013

Oxford United Kingdom, Sheldonian Theatre
Mahan Esfahani with the Oxford Philomusica
Mahan Esfahani leads the Oxford Philomusica in a programme of works by J.S. Bach and his sons Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Programme to feature the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto (BWV 1049), Harpsichord Concerto in A (BWV 1055), and C.P.E. Bach's celebrated d-minor Flute Concerto with Anthony Robb, soloist.
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6 July 2013

Rochester, Kent United Kingdom, Restoration House
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to Restoration House with a programme of English virginalists.
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29 June 2013

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, United Kingdom, Holkham Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital at historic Holkham Hall, of works by Byrd, Bach-Telemann, Francois Couperin, and Domenico Scarlatti. In the 'Marble Hall' of Holkham Hall.
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23 June 2013

Gregynog, Wales United Kingdom, Gregynog Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Gregynog Festival in Wales, performing music on harpsichord and virginals from 'Parthenia' (1611), the first collection of keyboard music published in England; works by Byrd, Gibbons, and Bull.
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10 June 2013

Tokyo, Japan,
Solo Recital
Details to be posted
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4 June 2013

Tokyo, Japan,
Solo Recital
Details to be posted
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2 June 2013

Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya International Music Festival
Solo Recital
Details to be posted (1st concert in 2-week solo tour of Japan)
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21 May 2013

Nicosia Cyprus, Pharos Arts Foundation
Recital with Michala Petri
Mahan Esfahani appears with the celebrated Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri (www.michalapetri.com) as part of the 13th Pharos International Chamber Music Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.
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3 May 2013

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the Wigmore Hall with a programme celebrating the 390th anniversary of the death of William Byrd, performing works by Byrd, J.S. Bach, and the complete harpsichord works of György Ligeti (1923-2006).
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17 April 2013

Vienna Austria, Wiener Konzerthaus
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his Vienna debut in the Schubert-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988). Under the auspices of 'Jeunesse' Austria.
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27 March 2013

Bristol United Kingdom, St. George's Bristol
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988) at St. George's, Bristol. Broadcasted by BBC Radio 3.

24 March 2013

Odense, Denmark, Odense Koncerthus
Concert - Odense Symfoniorkestr
Mahan Esfahani leads the Odense Symfoniorkestr in sacred works of J.S. Bach. Concert details to be posted shortly.
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10 March 2013

Vancouver, Canada, Kay Meek Centre - Studio Theatre
Solo Recital
See programme for 8 March 2013. N.B. both 8 March and 10 March are presented by 'Early Music Vancouver' (http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/)
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8 March 2013

Vancouver, Canada, Telus Theater at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first recital appearance in Vancouver, performing J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).
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2 March 2013

Cologne, Germany, Kölner Fest für Alte Musik
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs in the Kölner Fest für Alte Musik, playing Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).
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22 February 2013

Bath United Kingdom, The Guildhall
Solo Recital
Mahan performs a solo harpsichord for the Bath BachFest (www.bathbachfest.co.uk), playing works by Weckmann, Rameau, and C.P.E. & J.S. Bach.
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7 February 2013

Bedford, United Kingdom, Bunyan Meeting
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a recital for the Bedford Music Club, playing works by J.S. & C.P.E. Bach, Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, and others.
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5 January 2013

London, United Kingdom, Henry Wood Hall
Recording
Mahan Esfahani records the complete Württemberg Sonatas (Wq. 49) of C.P.E. Bach for Hyperion Records.

www.hyperion-records.co.uk

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4 January 2013

London, United Kingdom, Henry Wood Hall
Recording
Mahan Esfahani records the complete Württemberg Sonatas (Wq. 49) of C.P.E. Bach for Hyperion Records.

www.hyperion-records.co.uk

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3 January 2013

London, United Kingdom, Henry Wood Hall
Recording
Mahan Esfahani records the complete Württemberg Sonatas (Wq. 49) of C.P.E. Bach for Hyperion Records.

www.hyperion-records.co.uk

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10 December 2012

Brussels Belgium, BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts
Mahan Esfahani with B'ROCK
Mahan Esfahani direct's Belgium's Baroque orchestra, ''B'ROCK,'' in works by Vivaldi and Jean-Phillippe Rameau.

www.b-rock.org

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9 December 2012

Eernegem Belgium,
Private Concert
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance directing Belgium's baroque orchestra ''B'ROCK''

www.b-rock.org

1 December 2012

Rochester, Kent United Kingdom, Restoration House
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital on the famed 1658 'Girolamo de Zentis' harpsichord at historic Restoration House. Programme to include works by Frescobaldi, Merula, Merulo, Giovanni de Macque, and others.
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27 November 2012

Utrecht Netherlands, Geertekerk
'Suonar Cantando'
See programme listing for 21 November 2012.
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26 November 2012

Brussels Belgium, Eglise des Minimes/Minimenkerk
'Suonar Cantando'
See programme listing for 21 November 2012.

25 November 2012

Antwerp Belgium, AMUZ Antwerpen
'Suonar Cantando'
See programme listing for 21 November 2012.
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24 November 2012

Maastricht Netherlands, St Janskerk
'Suonar Cantando'
See programme listing for 21 November 2012.

22 November 2012

Bruges/Brugge Belgium, Concertgebouw Brugge
'Suonar Cantando'
See programme for 21 November 2012.
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21 November 2012

Amsterdam Netherlands, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
'Suonar Cantando'
'From Republic to Empire: Venice to Vienna'

'Suonar Cantando' with baroque violinist Bojan Cicic and keyboardist Mahan Esfahani, explore the music of Venetian composers in Vienna throughout the Baroque period. This programme includes concerti and ensemble sonatas of Rognoni, Caldara, Vivaldi, and the mysterious Vinko Jelic.

These concerts were made possible by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation and Utrecht Oude Muziek network's competition, 'Young Digging Old.' Bojan Cicic and Mahan Esfahani designed and curated this special programme for this tour.

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15 November 2012

Wilton, Salisbury United Kingdom, Wilton House
BBC 2 Series/ David Starkey
Filming for a new series hosted by David Starkey on Music and Monarchy; featuring performances by Mahan Esfahani on the virginals and organ and the viol consort Fretwork.
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3 November 2012

London, United Kingdom, Crown Court Church
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord
Ibrahim Aziz, viola da gamba, and Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord, perform the complete Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029) of J.S. Bach.

27 October 2012

Cambridge United Kingdom, Jesus College, Cambridge
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani inaugurates the new harpsichord (Bruce Kennedy, 2012, after Zell 1728) built for Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.

Details TBA

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14 October 2012

Copenhagen Denmark, Konservatoriets Koncertsal
Academy of Ancient Music, dir. Mahan Esfahani
See details for 12 and 13 October 2012.

N.B. This performance will be taking place in the ''Garnisonskirken'' of Copenhagen, not the Konservatoriets Koncertsal.

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13 October 2012

Malmö Sweden, Palladium
Academy of Ancient Music, dir. Mahan Esfahani
See details for 12 October 2012.
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12 October 2012

Helsingborg Sweden, Helsingborg Konserthus
Academy of Ancient Music, dir. Mahan Esfahani
The Academy of Ancient Music, under the direction of Mahan Esfahani, performs Handel's complete Water Music and Concerti Grossi from his celebrated '12 Grand Concertos' (Op. 6).
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30 August 2012

Antwerp Belgium, Festival van Vlaanderen, Antwerp
'Suonar Cantando'
Led by violinist Bojan Cicic and keyboardist Mahan Esfahani, 'Suonar Cantando' presents a programme of Croatian composers of the Venetian Empire.

The programme includes vocal and instrumental works by Gabriello Puliti, Giovanni Bassano, Girolamo dalla Casa, Andrea Antico da Montona e.a.

N.B. This concert will be taking place in the 'Elzenveld' Chapel in Antwerp, sponsored by AMUZ.

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27 August 2012

Arundel United Kingdom, Church of St Nicholas
Solo Recital
Rounding off The Hanover Band's first summer festival in Arundel, Mahan Esfahani performs a solo harpsichord recital of works by Matthias Weckmann, J.S. Bach, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, C.P.E. Bach, and Francois Couperin.
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26 August 2012

Arundel United Kingdom, Church of St Nicholas
Brandenburg Concerti: Part II
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049
QUANTZ Flute Concerto in g
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in Bd, BWV 1051
TELEMANN Recorder Suite in a
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050

THE HANOVER BAND (www.thehanoverband.com)
Mahan Esfahani director/harpsichord

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25 August 2012

Arundel United Kingdom, Church of St Nicholas
Brandenburg Concerti, Part I
Mahan Esfahani directs the Hanover Band as part of a summer festival in Arundel:

HASSE Overture, Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra
C.P.E. BACH Symphony in E, Wq 177
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047
C.P.E. BACH Harpsichord Concerto in C Wq.37
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048

THE HANOVER BAND (www.thehanoverband.com)
Mahan Esfahani director/harpsichord

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8 August 2012

Bruges/Brugge Belgium, Musica Antiqua Festival, Brugge
Solo Recital
Exhibition recital for Bruce Kennedy harpsichord, DETAILS TBA
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7 August 2012

Bruges/Brugge Belgium, Concertgebouw Brugge
Solo Recital
'Domenico Scarlatti: an Italian Son'
In his first appearance at the Musica Antiqua Festival of Bruges, Mahan Esfahani delves into history in search of D. Scarlatti's sources of inspiration: B. Storace, A.B. della Ciaja, Tarquinio Merula, and Girolamo Frescobaldi, playing an exceptional harpsichord built in 1763 by Florentine Gian Piero Migliali.

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19 July 2012

Berwick-upon-Tweed United Kingdom, Music at Paxton
Solo Recital
[details to be posted]
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13 July 2012

Oxford United Kingdom, Sheldonian Theatre
Mahan Esfahani and the Oxford Philomusica
See programme for July 12th.

8 PM

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12 July 2012

Bristol United Kingdom, St. George's Bristol
Mahan Esfahani and the Oxford Philomusica
Following their much acclaimed Bristol debut in December, Oxford Philomusica returns to St George's to perform with guest director and harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani.

Programme to include: Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 5; Harpsichord Concerto in E-Major, BWV 1053; Suite for flute and orchestra no. 2 in b-minor.

7.30 PM

2 June 2012

Hamburg-Harburg Germany, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
Hamburger Symphoniker
Geoffrey Paterson, Dirigent
Mahan Esfahani, Cembalo

''Klingende Zeiten"
Berio: „Tempi concertati“ für Flöte, Violine, 2 Klaviere und andere Instrumente
Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 5
Manuel de Falla: Konzert für Cembalo, Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello
Berio: „Rendering“ nach Franz Schuberts symphonischem Fragment in D-Dur, D 936a

20.00 Friedrich-Ebert-Halle

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31 May 2012

Hamburg Germany, Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Hamburger Symphoniker
Geoffrey Paterson, Dirigent
Mahan Esfahani, Cembalo

''Klingende Zeiten"
Berio: „Tempi concertati“ für Flöte, Violine, 2 Klaviere und andere Instrumente
Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 5
Manuel de Falla: Konzert für Cembalo, Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello
Berio: „Rendering“ nach Franz Schuberts symphonischem Fragment in D-Dur, D 936a

19.30 Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal

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24 May 2012

London United Kingdom, LSO St Luke's
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs an all-Bach recital:

BACH Sonata in D minor BWV 964
BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I:
Prelude & Fugue No 20 in A major BWV864
Prelude & Fugue No 22 in B major BWV866
Prelude & Fugue No 24 in B minor BWV869
BACH Partita V in G major BWV 829

LSO St Luke's - 1pm - Jerwood Hall

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17 May 2012

Newbury United Kingdom, Newbury Spring Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs solo harpsichord works of Louis Couperin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Jean-Phillippe Rameau, featuring Bach's 5th Partita in G (BWV 829) and Rameau's 'Great' Suite in a-minor (1724).

(Details TBD)

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12 May 2012

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
''The Bach Project''
(see listing for 4 May)

Holywell Music Room - 8 PM

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4 May 2012

London United Kingdom, St. George's Hanover Square
''The Bach Project''
Mahan Esfahani directs cantatas and instrumental music of seventeenth-century Germany, including works by Johann Kuhnau and Johann Rosenmueller (Bach's predecessors at the Thomasschule in Leipzig) and the wedding cantata written for Bach's own parents by Bach's kinsman Johann Christoph Bach, ''Meine Freundin, du bist schoen.'' Bojan Cicic leads the ensemble from the violin.

This is the first concert in 'The Bach Project,' a long-term endeavour to explore the sacred vocal works of Bach and his predecessors and family members.

St George's Hanover Square - 7.30 PM


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*A personal note* - this is part of a rather exciting new initiative with the 'Echori Soloists,' a London-based group of young English singers, and handpicked instrumental soloists, and this is one of the group's first major projects in London. I'm very excited to be involved and will post details here as soon as they become available regarding the purchase of tickets. Meanwhile, I direct you to this site:

http://www.echorimusic.co.uk/styled-3/

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25 April 2012

Nicosia Cyprus, Pharos Arts Foundation
Solo Recital
(details TBD)
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18 April 2012

London United Kingdom, Horniman Museum
'Quadro Melante' at the Horniman Museum
'Quadro Melante' - Bojan Cicic, baroque violin; Georgia Browne, baroque flute; Ibrahim Aziz, viola da gamba; Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord - appear at the Horniman Museum.

(details to be posted)

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4 April 2012

Cleveland United States, Cleveland Museum of Art
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the Cleveland Museum of Art, performing solo works by William Byrd, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Mel Powell.

7.30 PM, Gartner Auditorium

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1 April 2012

New York United States, Frick Collection
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the historic Frick Collection (where such luminaries as Wanda Landowska and Ralph Kirkpatrick performed some of the first widely-received harpsichord recitals in the United States), performing a solo recital of works by William Byrd, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Mel Powell.

Frick Collection, 5 PM

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23 March 2012

Montreal Canada, 'Clavecin en Concert'
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital of works by William Byrd, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Mel Powell.

16 March 2012

Cardiff Wales (UK), Wales Millennium Centre - BBC Hoddinott Hall
Frank Martin's ''Petite Symphonie Concertante'' (1945)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer, conductor

Harp: Catrin Finch
Oboe: LucasMacias Navarro
Piano: Louis Schwizgebel-Wang
Harpsichord: Mahan Esfahani

MARTIN Petite symphonie concertante
LUTOSŁAWSKI Double Concerto
STRAVINSKY Concerto in D, 'Basle'
HONEGGER Symphony No 4, Deliciae basiliensis

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8 March 2012

Nottingham United Kingdom, Djanogly Recital Hall
Solo Recital
Solo Recital at the University of Nottingham featuring harpsichord works by D'Angelebert and Jacquet de la Guerre, selections from the first book of J.S. Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier' (Book I), sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, and 'Recitative and Toccata Percossa' (1951) by the American jazz pianist and composer Mel Powell.

Djanogly Recital, University of Nottingham - 7.30 PM

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4 March 2012

London United Kingdom, Romanian Cultural Institute
Georgia Browne & ''Nordic Affect'' Launch
Baroque flautist Georgia Browne and Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect invite you to their official CD launch concert.

In historic Belgravia, central London, the atmosphere of an 18th century concert room will be replicated as the ensemble, joined by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, perform the charming and witty music by Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) as it appears on their new CD on the Brilliant Classics label.

Following the one hour concert, stay and have a drink with the musicians and purchase signed copies of the CD.

ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY
£15 / £10 students
http://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=1559
0845 680 1926 (local rate from land lines)

4 PM, Romanian Cultural Institute (London)

4 March 2012

London United Kingdom, Romanian Cultural Institute
Georgia Browne & ''Nordic Affect'' Launch
Baroque flautist Georgia Browne and Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect invite you to their official CD launch concert.

In historic Belgravia, central London, the atmosphere of an 18th century concert room will be replicated as the ensemble, joined by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, perform the charming and witty music by Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) as it appears on their new CD on the Brilliant Classics label.

Following the one hour concert, stay and have a drink with the musicians and purchase signed copies of the CD.

ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY
£15 / £10 students
http://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=1559
0845 680 1926 (local rate from land lines)

4 PM, Romanian Cultural Institute (London)

28 February 2012

Prague Czech Republic, Prague Symphony Chamber Concerts
Recital with Marketa Cukrova, mezzo-soprano
Marketa Cukrova, mezzo-soprano
Mahan Esfahani, fortepiano

JOSEPH HAYDN
Six Songs
'Arianna a Naxos,' cantata for voice and fortepiano
VÁCLAV JAN KŘTITEL TOMÁŠEK
Schäfers Klaglied

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2 February 2012

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
RNCM Chamber Orchestra
My short residency at Manchester's RNCM culminates in a project with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, performing the music of Jean-Phillippe Rameau, including the orchestral suite from his opera ''Dardanus'' (1739) and the air ''Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux'' from ''Castor and Pollux'' (1737).

RNCM Concert Hall, 1.15 PM

1 February 2012

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
Residency at the Royal Northern College of Music
(see previous listings)

31 January 2012

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
Residency at the Royal Northern College of Music
(see listing for 30th January)

30 January 2012

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
Residency at the Royal Northern College of Music
I'm delighted and honoured to be taking a short residency at the Royal Northern College of Music, teaching masterclasses, coaching soloists and chamber music students, and directing and orchestral project (see the listing for February the 2nd).

21 January 2012

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
Recital with Bojan Cicic, Baroque Violin
''Old Rome, New Rome''

The leading Croatian baroque violinist, Bojan Cicic, and Mahan Esfahani play a recital in the historic Holywell Music Room in Oxford. Featuring music by Corelli, Schmelzer, J.S. Bach, Bartok, and Tartini.

You can read more about the truly awesome Bojan Cicic here:
http://www.florilegium.org.uk/core.htm#boj

Holywell Music Room, 7.30 PM

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18 December 2011

The Hague the Netherlands, Theater Diligentia
Recital with Simon Murphy, baroque viola
''Naked Chef": Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance on the series of the New Dutch Academy, performing a recital of works of the galant and early Classical periods with NDA director Simon Murphy. Theater Diligentia, 2.30 PM

* J.S. Bach Sonate for Viola and Obbligato Harpsichord in G
* C.P.E. Bach Sonate for Viola and Obbligato Harpsichord in g
* W.F. Bach Sonate for Viola and Obbligato Harpsichord in c
* Other works by Graun, Benda, Reichardt and Rust

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9 December 2011

Halifax United Kingdom, Square Chapel for the Arts
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) for the Halifax Philharmonic Society.
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2 December 2011

Kendal, Cumbria United Kingdom, Levens Hall
Solo Recital
I'm quite excited to be playing a solo recital at historic Levens Hall in Cumbria, one of the truly great stately buildings of the North! A solo harpsichord recital featuring works of Byrd, Richard Farnaby, Domenico Scarlatti, and Jean-Phillippe Rameau's 'Great' Suite in a-minor.
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28 November 2011

Istanbul Turkey, Istanbul Bach Days
Recital
Details TBD
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11 November 2011

Cardiff United Kingdom, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Solo Recital
Dora Stoutzker Hall, 1.15 PM

Mahan Esfahani visits the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff to inaugurate a new harpsichord by Alan Gotto, with a programme of works by J-H d'Anglebert, J.S. Bach, and Domenico Scarlatti.

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11 November 2011

Cardiff United Kingdom, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Masterclass
Masterclass for the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff. 2 PM, Dora Stoutzker Hall.
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7 November 2011

York United Kingdom, University of York
Visiting Instructor, Faculty of Music
7-9 November 2011

As a visiting instructor and lecturer at the Faculty of Music of the University of York, I'll be visiting once a term to teach. From the 7th through the 9th of November, amongst other things, I'll be presenting a lecture on Formal Compositional Rhetoric in the music of J.S. Bach

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26 October 2011

London United Kingdom, Private Venue
Recital with Bojan Cicic, violinist
The leading Croatian baroque violinist, Bojan Cicic, and Mahan Esfahani play a recital for the John Lee Fellowship Fund of the Royal College of Opthamologists. Featuring music by Corelli, Carbonelli, J.S. Bach, Cimarosa, and Tartini.

You can read more about the truly awesome Bojan Cicic here:
http://www.florilegium.org.uk/core.htm#boj

17 October 2011

Perth United Kingdom (Scotland), Perth Concert Hall
Recital, with violinist Jennifer Pike
Mahan Esfahani appears with British violinist and fellow New Generation Artist Jennifer Pike in a recital of works by J.S. Bach.
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12 October 2011

Oxford United Kingdom, Ashmolean Museum
OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean
J.S. Bach Concerto in d (BWV 1052), 2011 Ashmolean ''Proms.''
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10 October 2011

York United Kingdom, National Centre for Early Music
Gala Concert, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the European Union Broadcasting Union

Three of the foremost names in the Early Music world - the viol consort Phantasm, countertenor Iestyn Davies and keyboard player Mahan Esfahani - come together for a celebration of outstanding English music including works by Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd and Henry Purcell.

Please note: This concert is being broadcast live on Radio 3 throughout the UK and to countries in the European Broadcasting Union. Please be seated by 6.50pm.

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21 September 2011

Istanbul Turkey, St Antoine Church
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the 9th ''Istanbul Bach Days,'' performing J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).
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18 September 2011

Dubrovnik Croatia, Rector's Place
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the Dubrovnik Early Music Festival, performing J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at the historic Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik.

15 September 2011

London United Kingdom, St Marylebone Parish Church
''Help Carla'' Gala
I feel particularly honoured to be involved in this special event:

The "Help Carla" Gala is a benefit concert for renowned flautist and supporter of new music Carla Rees, who suffered badly as a result of the London riots (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/14/flautist-carla-rees-croydon-riot).

Most people involved in new music in London and beyond will know Carla, and how much she's done for us. Now it's our turn! This gala concert will feature music composed and / or performed by people who have worked with or been generally inspired by Carla in the past. There will be new music, of course, and also music from the past including some well-known favourites...

All proceeds will go to Carla to help her rebuild everything.

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9 September 2011

London United Kingdom, Kings Place
King's Place Festival
To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the UK's leading arts journalism website, the ArtsDesk hosts a live debate with four leading performers during the Kings Place Festival. An actor, a singer, a dancer and an instrumentalist will share their different experiences of performance. Join live or online, for a stellar event.

The panellists will discuss how performance varies from art to art and from venue to venue. They will share their inspirations, taking questions from the floor. The event will be filmed for online streaming. Ticket-buyers will be guests at theartsdesk’s birthday reception after the event (Panellists may vary if schedules change)

King's Place, 12:30 p.m.

Featuring:

''The Art of Performance''
with

Toby Jones, actor | Mara Carlyle, singer | Mahan Esfahani, harpsichordist
Fernanda Oliveira, ballerina


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29 August 2011

Aldeburgh United Kingdom, Snape Maltings
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the legendary Snape Maltings concert hall, performing Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) [replacement for a cancelled concert]
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18 July 2011

London United Kingdom, BBC Proms
Solo Recital, BBC Proms
Mahan Esfahani continues his pioneering work with the first solo harpsichord recital in the 116-year history of the Proms, opening the Proms' Chamber Series at the Cadogan Hall.
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12 July 2011

York United Kingdom, York Early Music Festival
Details to be posted

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30 June 2011

Montisi, Tuscany Italy, Montisi Festival
Solo Recital
(Details to be posted)
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25 June 2011

Gregynog, Wales United Kingdom, Gregynog Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at Gregynog Hall for the 2011 Gregynog Festival.
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19 June 2011

Whitehaven, Cumbria United Kingdom, Rosehill Theatre
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the historic Rosehill Theatre, performing Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988).

Please note: the 7:30 pm performance is preceded by a talk at 5 pm.

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8 June 2011

London United Kingdom, BBC Live Broadcast
BBC Singers in Music of the Spanish Golden Age
The BBC Singers and Peter Phillips perform works from the Spanish Golden Age of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with organist Mahan Esfahani, who performs solo works by Cabezon and his contemporaries.

Details to be posted.

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3 June 2011

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
Solo Recital
In his capacity as Artist-in-Residence and fellow of New College, Oxford, and to celebrate a new association as honorary member of the Senior Common Room, Keble College, Mahan Esfahani performs the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) of J.S. Bach at the historic Holywell Music Room in Oxford.
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26 May 2011

Brighton United Kingdom, Brighton Festival
Mahan Esfahani in Conversation
Mahan Esfahani appears 'in conversation,' as part of the 2011 Brighton Festival, in the Founder's Room, Brighton Dome. 11 AM
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26 May 2011

Brighton United Kingdom, Brighton Festival
Mahan Esfahani in Conversation
Mahan Esfahani appears 'in conversation,' as part of the 2011 Brighton Festival, in the Founder's Room, Brighton Dome. 11 AM
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25 May 2011

Brighton United Kingdom, Brighton Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at the Music Room of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Details to be posted

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21 May 2011

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
James Bowman - Last London Recital, with Mahan Esfahani
For more than four decades James Bowman (b. 1941) has been one of the world's foremost and most influential countertenors.

On May 21st, Bowman sings the last London recital of his career at the Wigmore Hall, appearing with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani in a programme of Handel, Bach, and Purcell.

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19 May 2011

London United Kingdom, BBC's 'In Tune'
Radio interview/spot with James Bowman
James Bowman and Mahan Esfahani appear on BBC Radio 3's popular 'In Tune' at 5:15 p.m., with host Sean Rafferty, to discuss their May 21st appearance at the Wigmore Hall.
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14 May 2011

London United Kingdom, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music
''Hamburg, Queen of Cities'' - Mahan Esfahani and The English Concert
The English Concert
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord & director

Mahan Esfahani joins forces with the UK's premier Baroque orchestra to celebrate the legacy of one of Germany's greatest cities, with music from Handel's first opera, Almira, and works by Reincken, Telemann and Becker. The programme concludes with Bach's elegant Triple Concerto in a-minor (BWV 1044) for flute, violin and harpsichord (with soloists Lisa Beznosiuk, flute, and Nadja Zwiener, violin).

7.45pm, St John's, Smith Square

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10 April 2011

Tucson, AZ United States, Arizona Early Music Society
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in the American Southwest. See April 8th programme (Minneapolis) for details.
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8 April 2011

Minneapolis, MN United States, The Schubert Club
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Minneapolis, performing for The Schubert Club series at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University; his programme will include the Ricercars a 3 and 6 from Bach's ''Musical Offering'' (BWV 1079), the Ouverture in the French Manner (BWV 831), and solo keyboard works by Boehm, Cabanilles, Merula, and Orlando Gibbons.
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1 April 2011

San Diego, CA United States, San Diego Early Music Society
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital of virtuoso works for harpsichord by Gibbons, Bull, Cabanilles, and J. S. Bach; and for organ by Sweelinck, Böhm, and Muffat. This recital features a new Baroque tracker organ, Fritts-Richards Opus V, at All Souls' Episcopal, Point Loma.
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27 March 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Petronas Philharmonic Hall
J.S. Bach, Concerto BWV 1053 (E-Major) with the Malaysian Philharmonic
Making his first appearances in East Asia, Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's Concerto for harpsichord in E-Major (BWV 1053) with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
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26 March 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Petronas Philharmonic Hall
J.S. Bach, Concerto BWV 1053 (E-Major) with the Malaysian Philharmonic
Making his first appearances in East Asia, Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's Concerto for harpsichord in E-Major (BWV 1053) with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
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13 March 2011

Montreal, Canada, Salle Redpath, McGill University
''The Sanguine and Melancholic'' - Orchestral Works of C.P.E. Bach
See programme for March 11 & 12.
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12 March 2011

Montreal, Canada, Salle Redpath, McGill University
''The Sanguine and Melancholic'' - Orchestral Works of C.P.E. Bach
See programme for March 11.
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11 March 2011

Montreal, Canada, Salle Redpath, McGill University
''The Sanguine and Melancholic'' - Orchestral Works of C.P.E. Bach
Mahan Esfahani makes his Canadian debut as guest conductor and soloist with Arion Baroque Orchestra (www.arionbaroque.com) in works of C.P.E. Bach, including the Concerto in d-minor for Harpsichord and Orchestra (Wq. 23).

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Œuvres de C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)

Chef et soliste invité : Mahan Esfahani, clavecin

Soliste : Claire Guimond, flûte

Au programme : Concertos pour flûte et clavecin ainsi que des symphonies.

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10 February 2011

York, United Kingdom, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
Workshop and Lecture
Mahan Esfahani meets with undergraduate and graduate students in the Music Faculty at the University of York - lecture and masterclass (details to be posted).
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9 February 2011

York, United Kingdom, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).
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29 January 2011

Rochester, Kent United Kingdom, Restoration House
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at Restoration House.
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20 January 2011

Lancaster United Kingdom, Great Hall, Lancaster University
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's Ouverture in the French Manner (BWV 831), works by Pachelbel and Forqueray, and the Six Sonatas of American composer Lou Harrison (1934-1943).



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10 January 2011

London United Kingdom, BBC Radio 3
''Afternoon on 3'' and ''In Tune'' - BBC Radio 3 ''Genius of Mozart''
Mahan Esfahani appears on ''Afternoon on 3'' and ''In Tune'' as part of Radio 3's Mozart celebrations for January 2011, playing fortepiano and clavichord.
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6 January 2011

London United Kingdom, Spitalfields Music
Paul Agnew: Monteverdi & Beyond
Paul Agnew, tenor
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
David Miller, lute
Jonathan Manson, gamba

Lanier Hero and Leander
Charpentier Les Stances du Cid:
Père, maîtresse, honneur, amour
Que je sens de rudes combats
Percé jusqu’au fond du coeur
Monteverdi Orfeo (Act V)

Fame at last! Orfeo, Monteverdi’s first opera brought him recognition through Italy and was a turning point in music drama. Acclaimed across Europe, Paul Agnew makes a rare London appearance to explore the Baroque story-telling tradition which Monteverdi began, including a selective performance of Monteverdi’s timeless story of love and loss.

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4 December 2010

Rochester, Kent United Kingdom, Restoration House
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at Restoration House (details to follow)
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2 December 2010

Ulverston, Cumbria United Kingdom, Coronation Hall
'Baroque in Dresden' - Mahan Esfahani leads the Manchester Camerata
See programme description for 27 Nov 2010.
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27 November 2010

Manchester United Kingdom, Royal Northern College of Music
'Baroque in Dresden' - Mahan Esfahani leads the Manchester Camerata
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance with the celebrated Manchester Camerata, leading them in works from the 'Golden Age' of Dresden, including the Concerto in a-minor for harpsichord and orchestra (F. 45) of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and pieces by Johann Adolf Hasse, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, and one of Vivaldi's famous violin concerti for his student Pisendel.

25 November 2010

Colne, Lancashire United Kingdom, The Muni Theatre
'Baroque in Dresden' - Mahan Esfahani leads the Manchester Camerata
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance with the celebrated Manchester Camerata, leading them in works from the 'Golden Age' of Dresden, including the Concerto in a-minor for harpsichord and orchestra (F. 45) of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and pieces by Johann Adolf Hasse, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, and one of Vivaldi's famous violin concerti for his student Pisendel.
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1 November 2010

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
''Quadro Melante'' appears in Oxford
A new ensemble of four of Britain's leading baroque soloists makes its debut in a programme of works by Telemann, Rameau, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The name ''Melante'' was an anagram used by Georg Phillipp Telemann (1681-1764) for his name.

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29 October 2010

Leeds United Kingdom, Leeds University
Solo Recital - BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Mahan Esfahani appears at the Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall at the University of Leeds, performing the world premiere of Marc Yeats' ''rhêma'' for harpsichord (dedicated to Mahan Esfahani, commissioned by BBC Radio 3).

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19 September 2010

Isle of Man - United Kingdom, Isle of Man Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears at the Isle of Man's Erin Arts Centre, performing J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).

17 September 2010

Scotland, Lammermuir Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani appears in solo recital at the Lammermuir Festival, performing J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).

This event is hosted by the Lammermuir Festival at Haddington Town Hall.

16 September 2010

Oxford United Kingdom, BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast
"Roman Glories'' - Peter Phillips and the BBC Singers in Merton College, Oxford
Peter Phillips and the BBC Singers perform motets, a spectacular magnificat and a mass for double choir by three of the key figures in Roman music in the 16th and 17th centuries. Frescobaldi's mass is based on music for a famously lavish 1589 Medici wedding (which included a mock sea battle in the flooded courtyard of the Pitti Palace as only one of the month-long festivities). Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mahan Esfahani plays organ and harpsichord music by Frescobaldi and Sweelinck derived from this celebratory mass.

10 September 2010

London United Kingdom, BBC's 'In Tune'
appearance on BBC's InTune with Sean Rafferty
Mahan Esfahani returns to BBC Radio 3's InTune with Sean Rafferty to discuss, amongst other things, Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) and the upcoming Lammermuir Festival in Scotland (http://www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk/).
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22 July 2010

Feltre Italy, Teatro de la Sena
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the early nineteenth-century Teatro de la Sena in Feltre, performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Carlos Seixas, and the Couperins.

Part of the FFortissimo Feltre Festival, 'Terza edizione.'

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Reduce dai successi dei recital londinesi alla Wigmore Hall e al City of London Festival, Esfahani («magnifico» per il Daily Telegraph, «stupefacente» per Early Music Today) interpreta per FFortissimo alcuni tra i grandi classici della letteratura per strumento a tastiera tra Sei e Settecento.

16 July 2010

York United Kingdom, York Early Music Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs music from the heart of the harpsichord repertoire, ranging from works by Froberger and Louis Couperin – two of the 17th century's subtlest masters – to one of the great 'English Suites” of Bach. In between comes one of Johann Kuhnau's extraordinary 'Biblical Sonatas,' often cited as among the earliest examples of representational programme music.
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11 July 2010

Brinkburn Priory United Kingdom, Brinkburn Music Festival
Solo Recital
In his first appearance at the Brinkburn Music Festival in Northumberland, Mahan Esfahani performs a recital of solo harpsichord works by Handel, Couperin Le Grand, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
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29 June 2010

London United Kingdom, City of London Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to the City of London Festival to perform a recital of virtuoso harpsichord works by Bernardo Storace, Domenico and Alessandro Scarlatti, Carlos Seixas, and Joao de Sousa Carvalho.
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26 June 2010

Petersham United Kingdom, Petersham Festival
Simon Preston plays Handel Organ Concerti
Simon Preston plays the new St Martin organ in St Peter's Church with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra directed from the harpsichord by BBC New Generation Artist Mahan Esfahani, who also directs chamber and orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach.
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13 June 2010

Oxford United Kingdom, BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast
'Sunday Morning with Suzy Klein'
Mahan Esfahani appears on 'Sunday Morning with Suzy Klein,' BBC Radio 3 to play a few pieces on the harpsichord and chat with other guests.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006x2w5

29 May 2010

Washington, D.C. United States, Library of Congress
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs the inaugural recital on the Pleyel & Cie. harpsichord belonging to the legendary harpsichord virtuosa Wanda Landowska.

To read about this fascinating kind of instrument, read here:
http://www.acoustics.org/press/147th/kottick.html

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2-8 May 2010

Venice Italy, Fondazione Cini
'Galileo musico': Music and the Arts in Galileo Galilei’s Thought
For the last four years, I've had the honour and pleasure to be course assistant for the Seminari di Musica Antica 'Egida Sartori e Laura Alvini' directed by Pedro Memelsdorff (with whose 'Mala Punica' I've performed) at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. This year's exciting seminar and conference features lectures and masterclasses with Rene Jacobs and Bruce Dickey.
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28 April 2010

London United Kingdom, Handel House Museum
Private Event
Private recital at the Handel House Museum, London.
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5 April 2010

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Recital
Handel Suite No. 2 in F HWV:427

Scarlatti
Sonata in E Kk. 380 / L. 23
Sonata in D minor Kk. 213
Sonata in A minor Kk175 / L429

Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor BWV 826

Strauss Suite from Capriccio Op. 85



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3 April 2010

London United Kingdom, BBC's 'In Tune'
Live on BBC 3's 'In Tune,' hosted by Sean Rafferty
Mahan Esfahani makes his second appearance on the popular BBC 3 radio show 'In Tune,' hosted by Sean Rafferty. With solo works for the harpsichord by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Domenico Scarlatti.
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22 March 2010

Washington, D.C. United States, Dumbarton Oaks
Solo Recital
In his Washington, DC, recital debut at Dumbarton Oaks, Mahan Esfahani performs music by Louis Couperin, J. S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Richard Strauss.
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21 March 2010

Washington, D.C. United States, Dumbarton Oaks
Solo Recital
In his Washington, DC, recital debut at Dumbarton Oaks, Mahan Esfahani performs music by Louis Couperin, J. S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Richard Strauss.
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12 March 2010

Oxford United Kingdom, Holywell Music Room
Solo Recital
In conjunction with his post as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford, Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital the historic Holywell Music Room in Oxford, with works by Wm. Byrd, John Bull, J.S. Bach, and Domenico Scarlatti.
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24 February 2010

Cardiff Wales (UK), Wales Millennium Centre - BBC Hoddinott Hall
Poulenc's 'Concert Champetre' with BBC National Orch. of Wales
Mahan Esfahani performs the 'Concert Champetre' of Francis Poulenc with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.
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15 February 2010

London, Maida Vale Studios
concerto recording, BBC Radio 3
Mahan Esfahani records the Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (1935) of Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek, for future broadcast and use by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

30 November 1999

Canterbury United Kingdom, Canterbury Christ Church University

A recital of sonatas and polonaises by the sons of J.S. Bach.

Followed by a public masterclass, 2.30–4.30pm.

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30 November 1999

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