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Hailed as ''his instrument's leading champion'' (International Piano), Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and first was exposed to the piano by his father before exploring a teenaged interest in the harpsichord. After studies in musicology at Stanford University and private studies with Peter Watchorn in Boston, he completed his training with Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. Since making his debut in London in 2009 and a stint as the first harpsichordist to be BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010), he has enjoyed a career as a recitalist and concerto soloist in such halls as Zurich's Tonhalle, Vienna's Konzerthaus, the Cologne Philharmonie, Tokyo's Sumida Symphony Hall, New York's Frick Collection, Vancouver's Chan Centre, the Library of Congress in Washington, Chicago’s Symphony Center, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall, where he is a regular guest. He played the first harpsichord recital in the history of the Proms, and returned to the Proms with his orchestration of Bach's 'Art of Fugue' for the Academy of Ancient Music, which was selected as the 'Top Ten of Classical Music' for 2012 in The Observer. A frequent commentator on radio and television and a contributor to various magazines and publications, he works to take the harpsichord beyond the realm of early music into mainstream halls and series. A reflection of this, Mahan was shortlisted in the instrumentalist category at the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was nominated Gramophone ‘Artist of the Year’. Upcoming highlights include appearances in Munich's Bell'Arte Festival, Schloss Elmau, the Leipzig Bach-Festspiele, Bratislava Days of Early Music, and the Barbican in London. Collaborators include mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and the 'queen of the recorder,' Michala Petri. His recording with Petri of Corelli sonatas, La Follia, was named Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice, as well as BBC Music Magazine Chamber Choice.
Following two successful albums for Hyperion Records - with C.P.E. Bach’s Württemburg Sonatas garnering a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’Or, and the complete keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau being named in the New York Times ‘Critics’ List of Top Recordings of 2014’ - Mahan Esfahani signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon. His first album for DG/Archiv, ‘Time Present and Time Past’ - a recording of music ranging from J.S. Bach and Scarlatti to Gorecki and Steve Reich - was released in Spring of 2015, garnering a 'Choc de Classica' in France. He also has recorded Byrd and Ligeti for Wigmore Live, winning yet another Gramophone nomination. Following a stint as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford, he now continues his academic activities as professor of harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. (Foto: Bernhard Musil/DG)