December 12, 2017 7:30PM
Reinventing the Harpshichord: From Renaissance to Reich
Thomas Tomkins Pavan
Giles Farnaby Woody-Cock
Henry Cowell Set of Four
Viktor Kalabis Three Aquarelles
Kaija Saariaho Jardin Secret II
J.S. Bach Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Steve Reich Piano Phase
Mahan Esfahani has almost single-handedly reintroduced the harpsichord into the mainstream of concert life. The Iranian-American musician was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008 to 2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, and in 2014 was on the shortlist both for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year – all firsts for the harpsichord. In 2015, he was honored with the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year award and was nominated in three categories for the Gramophone Awards – Best Baroque Instrumental, Best Instrumental, and again Artist of the Year. His recent recording Time Present and Time Past has garnered great critical acclaim.
“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
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM The Menil Collection
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