"Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and emigrated to the the U.S. with his family when he was four, growing up outside of Washington, DC. He received his first guidance on the piano from his father before exploring an interest in the harpsichord as a teenager. He went on to study musicology and history at Stanford University, where he was mentored by George Houle, before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn in Boston and completing his formation with the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, and in 2014 Mahan 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. ...
Deal Of The Day: 25% off Mozart: Requiem. Discount already applied.
"The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Also available on 180g vinyl. ...
(US) Ars Lyrica Houston New CD Release: Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque (Release date: 10 July 2015)
Ars Lyrica Houston announce the forthcoming CD release: "Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque"
"Devotional works from the German Baroque for voice, strings, and organ. With a renowned British counter-tenor Ryland Angel, Matthew Dirst on the Fritts organ at St Philip Presbyterian Church, and Ars Lyrica core ..."
(From a recent Jacobin article on the question of culture and artist income welfare.)
"The missives from the struggling artist keep piling up. Filmmakers show their work at renowned film festivals but still turn to crowdfunding to pay emergency vet bills. Writers agonize over how mortgage officers will perceive incomes cobbled together from teaching contracts and freelance gigs. Musicians go on successful tours but come home with deep debts, while their widely streamed songs earn a pittance. ...
(Late in reporting)
Location: St. Mary's, Barnstable, MA, US
"Several renowned performing artists and ensembles bring their talents to Barnstable for two weeks in July 2015. The Cape Cod Early Music Festival offers professional performances of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods in an intimate and air-conditioned setting. Enjoy a stroll through the church's English-style gardens, and then attend a concert performed by some of the finest musicians on the Early Music scene. A reception follows each concert in the parish house. ...
(UK) Cambridge Early Music: 2015 Summer School Showcase / Bach's Library & Italia Mia (2-14 Aug 2015)
(From a recent Cambridge Early Music newsletter)
"Cambridge Early Music’s 2015 Summer School Showcase will run from Sunday 2 – Friday 14 August. The Parley of Instruments showcase the music of J. S. Bach and his circle (Sun 2 Aug), including his Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 (Wed 5 Aug); Philomel give us a taste of Carnival (Sun 9 Aug); and The Intrepid Academy recreate the sound of the sixteenth-century ‘collegio’ in Venice (Wed 12 Aug). Join the students of our 2015 summer schools as they perform excerpts from Bach’s B Minor Mass (Sat 8 Aug) and take us on a Grand Tour of the city states of sixteenth century Italy (Fri 14 Aug). ...
If you happen to be in the area, you may be interested in attending the 22nd Haapsalu Early Music Festival in Estonia. Here is the concert line-up below: ...
"For its 21th edition, the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay will be under the direction of Enrico Onofri.
Violinist and conductor Enrico Onofri, also recognized throughout Europe for his teaching skills, has envisioned a summer program around 3 violins concertos magnifying the virtuosity of this instrument. It will combine works of Italian composers of early Baroque period with those of the pillars of later German repertoire. The highlight, a beautiful concerto by Vivaldi and the unforgettable Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Bach. ...
"The process set in place by the ‘eeemerging’ project aims to increase equality in the options open to young ensembles, give them excellent working conditions along with support and organisation for their projects, and help them to confront the realities of the early music market in Europe. ...
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco California, US
"The 2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy is a celebration of Bach’s French contemporaries and the splendid music of the extravagant court at Versailles.
Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas will conduct masterworks by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, and others, including Marin Marais’ spectacular opera Sémélé, presented complete for the first time outside of Europe. ...
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