Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
Learn More

Sold OutPlease call 215-569-8080 to join the waiting list

About This Performance

This concert is part of the Susan Giesecke Bloom & A. Charles Winkelman Artist Debut Series.

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes. “I cannot deny that I find a great deal of narrative and life beyond the score when I play [Bach’s Goldberg Variations], he says. “They offer us a view both of someone looking back on his decades-long aesthetic transformation and of an innovative and sensitive musician responding to new trends and techniques around him.” In his PCMS debut, Esfahani takes us on a “magical musical journey… showing Bach’s rich and varied tapestry of writing, from muted to playful, glittering to mannered, exquisite and delightful, stately and melancholy, spooky and jazzy, and, at times, positively contemporary” (Bachtrack).

Bach: Aria with Thirty Variations, BWV 988, Goldberg Variations

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These livestreamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.

Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our livestream programming.

The Artist(s)

Mahan Esfahani
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Since making his London debut in 2009, Mahan Esfahani has established himself as the first harpsichordist in a generation whose work spans virtually all the areas of classical music-making from critically-acclaimed performances and recordings of the standard repertoire to working with the leading composers of the day to pioneering concerto appearances with major symphony orchestras on four continents.… Read More


Mahan Esfahani | NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Mahan Esfahani | Harpsichord Concert