PASSION FOR BACH: Mahan Esfahani BBC New Generation Artists


PASSION FOR BACH: Mahan Esfahani BBC New Generation Artists
by Darius Kadivar

Iranian born Mahan Esfahani is currently on the roster of BBC New Generation Artists, and a recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Baroque and Renaissance music are Mahan Esfahanis passion, especially Bach. Filmed in recital at Holywell Music Rooms and at the organ at St John's College Oxford, this BBT movie reveals his enthusiasm for the harpsichord and organ and his unwavering intent to be a soloist as well as collaborator. Produced by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

The Harpsicord:


Borletti-Buitoni Trust's cameraman Graham Johnston asked Mahan Esfahani for a basic introduction to the organ loft, as he prepared to record a recital programme as part of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme. Here's what he got as an answer... 

Mahan Esfahani - Bach English Suite 5 (Prelude):



Mahan Esfahani is currently on the roster of BBC New Generation Artists, and a recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Highlights of this season include performances and recordings of three modern concerti - Poulenc (1928), Martinu (1935), and Kalabis (1975) - with several BBC orchestras, as well as appearances at the City of London and York Early Music Festivals this summer. He has also been asked to perform the inaugural recital at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on the 1912 Pleyel & Cie. harpsichord belonging to Wanda Landowska in May 2010. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, Mahan Esfahani has appeared as soloist with The English Concert and he will perform with the Manchester Camerata this autumn. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford.


"...a stunning concert by Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani of Domenico Scarlatti sonatas, carefully chosen and paired, and played with both a sensitivity and vibrance that will send me running to the box office when I next see his name in a concert programme. " (Early Music Today, October/November 2007)

"...nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance and artistry of Mahan Esfahani, who, despite his young age, played with the musicality and virtuosity of a master. Specializing in early keyboards, Mahan more than breathed life into rarely-played works by Dufay, Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, and Purcell - using recreations of Renaissance and Baroque organs and harpsichords, he breathed fire into them. Not a single phrase lacked purpose or direction the entire evening." (Keyboard Magazine, July 2005)

"Finally, two solos by Mahan Esfahani deserve special mention - Sweelinck's Mein junges Leben hat ein End, a tour de force on the harpsichord, and his dramatic improvisation on the organ... the audience went wild." (San Francisco Classical Voice, June 2006)

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Was Rosie


by Was Rosie on

Thx, DK. ;oP



Darius Kadivar

Arthimis, Ari and humanbeing glad you enjoyed it

by Darius Kadivar on

The young man is very talented indeed.

Warm regards,



thanks dk. medicine for the soul

by humanbeing on

loved the music and the guy. he's up there with glenn gould. top league. he's right too, can't do antyihng without even a little bach. i actually brought bach into the delivery room one time when i was having a baby! it was nice to see oxford again as well.

Ari Siletz

Great choice Darius

by Ari Siletz on

Enjoyed listening to Mahan's harpsichord. Now I'm curious to track down his organ improvisations. "Human culture belongs to everyone," very well put!


Thank you...

by Arthimis on

Good Luck to him...