Born in Tehran in 1984, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani was an advisor and contributor to the film. Mahan studied musicology and history at Stanford University, and was mentored there by George Houle, Peter Watchorn in Boston and later Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. Mahan was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, and in 2014 he was on the shortlist both for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year – all firsts for the harpsichord. In 2015 he was honoured with the BBC Music Magazine ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award and was nominated in three categories for the Gramophone Awards – Best Baroque Instrumental, Best Instrumental, and again Artist of the Year. Mahan performs often at Wigmore Hall and continues his academic activities as professor of harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.