Inspirational harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has just returned from a hugely successful North American recital tour, including his debut performance in New York at the Frick Collection. Reviewing the recital for the New York Times, Vivien Schweitzer enjoyed “Mr. Esfahani’s confident, characterful playing and tasteful ornamentation” in William Byrd, “Mr. Esfahani’s excellent performance of five Scarlatti sonatas“, all finished off with “beautifully wrought encores… played with soulful flair and a sense of spontaneity” (click here for full review).
Mahan also received great praise for his recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Daniel Hathaway, reviewing for Cleveland Classical, said “exquisitely wrought and brilliantly performed… a thoughtful, elegant player… Esfahani found sense and structure everywhere while dazzling us with his digital prowess… sheerly delightful… elegantly paced… every movement just in the right tempo and style… the large audience responded more enthusiastically than I can ever remember for a harpsichord recital…. He needs to be invited back soon”.