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Iranian American musician makes an old instrument new again

Iranian American musician makes an old instrument new again

Mahan Esfahani is obsessed with the harpsichord — he has been ever since he was a kid.

The Iranian American wunderkind — he already has won numerous awards and was selected “Newcomer of the Year” by BBC Music Magazine in 2015 — first heard the harpsichord on cassette when he was 8 years old. He built his first harpsichord from a kit just before he turned 16.

“It’s been an obsession which has never left me,” Esfahani, 33, said during an interview at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts. He and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos at Musco Center on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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