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Mahan Esfahani on Tuesday's Access Utah

Marco Borggreve

When NPR’s Robert Siegel suggested that the harpsichord is viewed as old and not enormously popular, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani responded: “I think these things would only matter to Americans. As long as there's a place for sundials and gardening and beautiful things, there's a place for the harpsichord. I completely reject the idea that the harpsichord is old and I reject the idea that something old is therefore not good or not popular. Lots of things are old. Lots of traditions are old. I like it because it's beautiful.”

Since making his London debut in 2009, Esfahani has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical  and contemporary repertoire.

Esfahani was on the USU campus recently to perform as a part of the Wasserman Festival Concert Series, presented through the USU Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series.

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