Mahan Esfahani has signed to record label Deutsche Grammophon. The harpsichordist’s first recording for DG, to be released next year, will be ‘an eclectic programme fusing baroque with minimalism’. The release will mark the first harpsichord album to come from the label in 30 years.

Esfahani says: ‘I am proud to become part of the Deutsche Grammophon family. As a musician I like to think out of the box, and here is a label with the same attitude. I am particularly proud to be joining the label of one of my great idols, the harpsichord legend Ralph Kirkpatrick. I am honoured to be in such company.’

DG’s president Mark Wilkinson said: ‘Mahan is a dynamic, daring musician who thinks way beyond the conventional boundaries of his instrument, and is well placed to add excitement to and find new audiences for the harpsichord.’

As well as the signing to DG, this year has also seen Esfahani nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. The harpsichordist has also achieved other significant milestones during his career: in 2008 he became the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist, and in 2011 he gave the first solo harpsichord recital in the Proms.

(Image credit: Marco Borggreve)

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