Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani
Virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describe their meeting through the music of Bach in this, their first London concert together as a duo. From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both are driven by a passion for their music and the contemporary resonance of their instruments.
Born in Tehran in 1984, Mahan Esfahani was the first harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist and is shortlisted for Gramophone Artist of the Year Award 2014.
‘It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani . . . Esfahani’s touch was always insightful and, above all, visceral.’
Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, Grammy nominated Avi Avital is building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through his dynamic musicianship and virtuosic performance in a range of genres.
‘Bypasses the obvious with playing of sheer brilliance’
J S Bach
Trio Sonata No 4 from BWV 1019 (Orig. Organ)
Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor K 91
‘Kedma’ (which means in Hebrew “Eastwards” or Towards the orient)
Sonata in C major
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1019