Mahan Esfahani


Harpsichordist

Now he emerges as a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breath and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed.
— The Times
Esfahani, in total control technically, clearly delights in exploiting the expressive possibilities of the harpsichord and its sheer variety of sounds.
— Gramophone
It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Young, suave, eloquent..he’s an inquisitive mind…a phenomenally accomplished performance.
— The Guardian
Elegant…impressive technique!
— The New York Times

Since making his London debut in 2009, Mahan Esfahani has ushered the harpsichord into the mainstream of concert life performing in leading venues around the globe such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, Cologne Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Berlin Konzerthaus, and London's Wigmore Hall, where over the next five seasons he explores Bach’s works for harpsichord beginning with the Goldberg Variations in December 2016.

Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984, and emigrated to Washington, D.C. four years later. He studied musicology and history at Stanford University, and completed his formation as a harpsichordist with the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague, where he now resides.

Mahan has achieved several firsts for a harpsichordist, just some of which include being a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, being shortlisted both for the Royal Philharmonic Society "Instrumentalist of the Year" and Gramophone "Artist of the Year" two years in a row, and performing the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011.

In North American following acclaimed appearances last season with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in the 2016/2017 season Esfahani becomes the 'Baroque Conversations' Artistic Partner with LACO for the next three seasons.  He will then give recitals at Duke University, the McCarter Theater in Princeton, the Isabel Bader Center in Kingston, Ontario, and New York's 92nd Street Y, and joins Montreal's Les Violons du Roy for concerti by Bach and Gorecki. Following two successful albums for Hyperion Records, garnering a 2014 Gramophone Award and BBC Music Magazine's "Newcomer of the Year," Esfahani signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon. His first album for DG/Archiv, ‘Time Present and Time Past’ – combining baroque and modern music -was released in Spring of 2015 to great critical acclaim.  His next recording, Bach's Goldberg Variations, is released by DG in August 2016. 

(July 2016. Please discard any previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any cuts or edits.)