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With a repertoire that spans four centuries, Esfahani works to take the harpsichord beyond the realm of ‘early music’ and to major festivals and series in the mainstream of classical music across Europe, Canada and the United States. Concert highlights include solo recitals at halls in Tokyo, Nagoya, Cologne, Zurich, Bruges, Copenhagen, Nicosia, Vancouver, Bristol, Leeds, Istanbul, Prague, and New York, where his Frick Collection debut was met with critical acclaim. In 2011 he sold out London’s Cadogan Hall with the first solo harpsichord recital in the 116-year history of the BBC Proms, and 2012 saw a triumphant return to the Proms with his own arrangement of Bach’s Art of Fugue for the Academy of Ancient Music.
Esfahani studied as a President’s Scholar at Stanford University, where his principal mentor was the musicologist George Houle; he went on to pursue his performance studies under the supervision of the Australian harpsichordist Peter Watchorn (Boston) and the Italian organist Lorenzo Ghielmi (Milan), and currently benefits from the advice and guidance of the celebrated Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzicková.
In 2008 Mahan Esfahani was appointed Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford, and made his home in the United Kingdom. In his free time he enjoys exploring Persian cuisine, the study of etymology, and a deep interest in Czech culture and history.
Bach (CPE): Württemberg Sonatas
January 2014 ReleaseCDA67995
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Sonata in A flat major, H31 (Bach)|
|Sonata in A minor, H30 (Bach)|
|Sonata in B flat major, H32 (Bach)|
|Sonata in B minor, H36 (Bach)|
|Sonata in E flat major, H34 (Bach)|
|Sonata in E minor, H33 (Bach)|