In this conversation, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will decode Johann Sebastian Bach’s the Art of Fugue. The Art of Fugue reveals Bach’s preoccupation with counterpoint and the canon. The session will be jointly moderated by Hong Kong pianist Stephen Hung and Aura Music’s Kilian Chan. 

Mahan Esfahani will play his first Hong Kong solo recital on The Art of Fugue at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on the 26th September 2022. For ticketing and concert details, please refer to the website of Premiere Performance of Hong Kong

  • Date: 19 September 2022 (Mon)
  • Time: 21:30 (Hong Kong Time)
  • Language: English
  • Format: Zoom
Mahan Esfahani
Guest Moderator
Stephen Hung
Kilian Chan
Kilian Chan

This Artist Chat is supported by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong

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It was great talking to Mahan Esfahani over zoom. We have discussed some background on Bach composing the Art of Fugue, clarified some misunderstanding of the harpsichord as an instrument and, of course, shared insights on his performing sequence on the fourteen fugues and four canons. 

Mahan also explained Bach’s twisting and warping of the subject – doing upside down, going backward, twice as fast, half the speed, and so on. We hope the audience can enjoy his upcoming recital at the Hong Kong City Hall as well as recordings of the Art of Fugue with fresh ears.