DORIAN KOMANOFF BANDY
CONDUCTOR - VIOLINIST - KEYBOARDIST - EDUCATOR
Whether on the concert stage or in the orchestra pit, UK-based American conductor Dorian Komanoff Bandy brings infectious vitality, drama, and depth to performances of 17th- and 18th-century music.
Over the past seven years, Dorian has established himself as an authority on the works of Mozart, whose operas he 'brings to life' with 'unquestionable theatricality', 'palpable passion' (Opera Today) and 'ingenious recitative accompaniment' (Counterpunch), all the while 'treading the line between joy and sadness' (Opera Now). His 2012 production of Così fan tutte (London, Hampstead Garden Opera), which featured improvised ornamentation and cadenzas, was recognised by the OffWestEnd Awards as the 'UK's Best Opera Production'. He has served as a guest music-director and conductor with ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, including Musica Poetica London, Hampstead Garden Opera, Sinfonia New York, Underworld Productions Opera, and others.
When not conducting, Dorian maintains a thriving career as a performer on early violins and keyboards. His 'spectacular violin playing' (PlanetHugill), marked by 'sensibility and virtuosity' (Musical Pointers), has charmed audiences in venues ranging from London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Symphony Space. He spent four years as leader and co-director of Musica Poetica London, and has been a frequent guest concertmaster/soloist with Sinfonia New York, the Amphion Consort (London), Musical Offering (Boston), and other groups across Europe and North America. He is also an experienced harpsichordist and fortepianist, with a repertoire including suites by Bach and Handel, concertos by Haydn and Mozart (with improvised cadenzas), and Schubert's song cycles.
In addition to his performing activities, Dorian is increasingly in demand as a teacher and educator. In Spring 2015 he gave an acclaimed lecture-series on Mozart and Beethoven, which he repeated, by popular demand, the following summer. He has coached students and taught masterclasses at the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) and the Colburn School of Performing Arts (Los Angeles); he also maintains private vocal- and instrumental-coaching studios in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. With art historian Ruth Ezra, he has led a popular series of gallery lectures at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, investigating deep aesthetic connections between art and music. Between 2014 and 2016 he served as an Affiliate Tutor of Quincy House at Harvard University, and in 2016 he became a visiting lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Dorian holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Cornell University. In 2010 he was awarded the coveted Marshall Scholarship. He currently resides in Italy and Scotland, and is writing a dissertation on operatic ornamentation in Mozart.
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