Mahan Esfahani, 2, ماهان اصفهاني + Harpsichordist, نوازندۀ كلاوسن





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Published on Jun 27, 2010

Mahan Esfahani (b. 1984) -- currently the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be a member of the roster of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust - is fast gaining international recognition as a soloist and collaborative artist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ in both early and contemporary repertoire. He has appeared at such series and venues as the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall, Dumbarton Oaks, the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Birmingham Town Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Goettingen Handel Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Settimana Mozart of Milan, Festwoche Herrenhausen of Hannover, Collection of Musical Instruments at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice, Montisi Festival, Milan's Basilica di San Marco, Berkeley Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society, Los Angeles' Da Camera Society, Gotham Early Music at New York's Times Center, and many other concert seasons both in the U.S. and Europe, and as a concerto soloist and collaborative musician with such ensembles as The English Concert, Il Complesso Barocco (dir. Alan Curtis), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (under Jiri Belohlavek), the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Highlights of the 2009-10 season include performances and recordings of three modern concerti -- Poulenc (1928), Martinu (1935), and Kalabis (1975) -- with BBC orchestras across the United Kingdom, an April appearance at the Wigmore Hall, numerous studio recordings on historic instruments, and an appearance at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., where he has been invited to play the inaugural recital on the 1912 Pleyel & Cie. harpsichord belonging to Wanda Landowska.

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) before setting in the United Kingdom as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford. In 2009, Mahan Esfahani was honoured with a fellowship prize of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

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