We hear that Mahan Esfahani is flying out to Chicago the week after next for his US orchestral debut.
The South African Kristian Bezuidenhout was due to play the Poulenc concerto but has pulled out for health reasons. Not many in Illinois have the Poulenc under their fingers. Mahan knows the piece back to front, is an Iranian-born US citizen and is about to release a Steve Reich/J S Bach disc on DG.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy or at a better time.
No more sitting on the fence.