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"Dashingly eloquent, dizzyingly skilled, Esfahani makes the harpsichord seem an instrument reborn.”– The Times (London)

92Y’s Soundspace series in Buttenwieser Hall presents exciting artists offering their particular points of view in the most intimate of settings. Appearing in his 92Y debut is Iranian-American Mahan Esfahani. Named BBC Music magazine’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year, Mr. Esfahani has traveled the globe, from Boston to Beijing, working tirelessly to prove that harpsichord is an instrument for today, not only relevant but even revolutionary. His concerts often juxtapose early music with works that are modern (even avant-garde), prompting cheers and jeers. His 92Y recital ranges from the English Renaissance to a new version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase, sanctioned by Reich himself.

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord 

FARNABY: Woody-Cock
COWELL: Set of Four
KALABIS: Three Aquarelles 
BACH: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 
STEVE REICH: Piano Phase 

Due to a change in the tour program, John Bull’s Hexachord Fantasia and Kaija Saariaho’s Le jardin secret II will not be performed as previously announced.


SOUNDSPACE in 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall

► Mahan Esfahani plays Bach's Prelude from the English Suite No. 5, BWV 810

► Mahan Esfahani plays an excerpt from Steve Reich’s Piano Phase

The New York Times profiles Mahan Esfahani: “Making the Harpsichord Modern Again,” Aug 9, 2016

NPR Classical blog interviews Mahan Esfahani:  “How to Annoy Your Dad: Play the Harpsichord,” June 12, 2015 

► Mahan Esfahani tells Slipped Disk about a Cologne recital interrupted by angry concertgoers, Feb 29, 2015

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