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20-feb.-2019 20:00

Mahan Esfahani: Recital on period harpsichords

The Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will perform a special programme for the occasion on two rare instruments on loan from the Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM) at its premises. He likes to use the harpsichord to perform a more contemporary repertoire, a choice supported by his virtuosity and independence in famous concert halls around the world. More on harpsichord and Mahan's view on pianists in The Independent interview here

Incorporating a variety of genres from Renaissance, Baroque to pre-Classicism, this compelling mix of styles includes pieces by William Byrd, Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose work is counterposed with the fabulous compositions of Iannis Xenakis and the Czech Miroslav Srnka. This performance also marks the Belgian premiere of his 2018 composition, and which was especially written for Esfahani.

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Miroslav Srnka (* 1975) is one of the most performed Czech contemporary composer of classical music of younger generation. Srnka studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague and composition at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He currently works with artists of world reputation - among his recent successes was a commissioned opera South Pole for the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where Rolando Villazón sung the part of Robert Scott, and Thomas Hampson as Amundsen. Srnka received the Gideon Klein Award in 2001 as well as the Leoš Janácek Anniversary Prize in 2004, Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize in 2009 and Wilfried-Steinbrenner-Stiftung Prize in 2009. In 2018, Quatuor Diotima performed, in a Belgian premiere, his composition Future Family in BOZAR.

When: 20 February at 8pm

Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels

Tickets (24EUR) presale here. More on programme on the website of BOZAR.




Musical Instrument Museum, Montagne de la Cour 2


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