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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...
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