Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984. He went on to study musicology and history at Stanford University, and later completed his formation with the celebrated Zuzana Ruzikova in Prague. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010 and in 2014 Mahan was on the shortlist both for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year. In 2015 he was BBC Music Magazine 'Newcomer of the Year' and was again nominated for the Gramophone Awards for Artist of the Year.
Since his debut in 2009, highlights include appearances at the Zurich Tonhalle, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Schloss Elmau, Lincoln Center in New York, Sumida Symphony Hall in Tokyo, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Bach Festival of Leipzig.
Following two albums for Hyperion Records - with C.P.E. Bach’s Württemburg Sonatas garnering a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’Or, and the complete keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau being named in the New York Times ‘Critics’ List of Top Recordings of 2014’ - Mahan Esfahani signed with Deutsche Grammophon. His first album for DG, ‘Time Present and Time Past’ - was released in Spring of 2015, garnering a 'Choc de Classica' in France. His recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ for Deutsche Grammophon was released at the end of August 2016.