Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

J.S. Bach's "Goldberg" Variations

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)

Program

ARIA.

Variation 1.
Variation 2.
Variation 3. Canon at the unison.
Variation 4.
Variation 5.
Variation 6. Canon at the second.
Variation 7. al tempo di Giga.
Variation 8.
Variation 9. Canon at the third.
Variation 10. Fughetta.
Variation 11.
Variation 12. Canon at the fourth.
Variation 13.
Variation 14.
Variation 15. Canon at the fifth.
Variation 16. Ouvertüre.
Variation 17.
Variation 18. Canon at the sixth.
Variation 19.
Variation 20.
Variation 21. Canon at the seventh.
Variation 22. Alla breve.
Variation 23.
Variation 24. Canon at the octave.
Variation 25.
Variation 26.
Variation 27. Canon at the ninth.
Variation 28.
Variation 29.
Variation 30. Quodlibet

ARIA da capo.

Praised by The Times as "exceptionally gifted" and by Early Music Today for his "sensitivity and vibrance," the Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani is quickly establishing himself as the leading concert harpsichordist of his generation. He was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Recent highlights have included performances of of Kalabis' Concert for Harpsichord and Orchestra with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Martinu's Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek, and Poulenc's Concert Champetre with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Last season, he also gave his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall (of which the Daily Telegraph exclaimed: ''the harpsichord comes out of hiding...magnificent'') and appeared at the City of London and York Early Music Festivals. In addition, his recording of the Poulenc was selected as a CD of the month for the May 2010 issue of BBC Music Magazine, and he has been featured as a "Hot Property'' by Classic FM magazine.

As a soloist and guest director Esfahani has appeared with The English Concert, the Manchester Camerata, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra; his series and festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, the Goettingen Handel Festival, the Settimana Mozart of Milan, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Montisi Festival, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, Glasgow's City Halls, Birmingham Town Hall, the Brinkburn Music Festival, the Lammermuir Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society, and numerous other venues throughout the UK and Europe.

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 settling in the United Kingdom as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford. In the autumn of 2010 he was further elected an honorary member of Keble College, Oxford.

“Virtuosity of a master…”
Keyboard Magazine