Bandy, Dorian Komanoff

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Chosen as one of the Los Angeles Times’s “101 Remarkable Young People,” Dorian Komanoff Bandy is one of the most versatile talents to emerge on the early music scene. As an opera conductor, his repertoire spans the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, including works of Handel, Haydn, Lully, Monteverdi, Purcell, Rossini, Rousseau, Alessandro Scarlatti and others. His particular affinity for the stage works of Mozart has led to collaborations and guest-directorships with opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has garnered acclaim for his “unquestionably dramatic” interpretive approach that “brings [Mozart’s] music to life” (Opera Today, April 2012), his “ingenious recitative accompaniment” (Counterpunch, November 2008), as well as his “admirable” ability to “tread the line between joy and sadness” (Opera Now, July/August 2012). His 2012 production of Così fan tutte (London, Hampstead Garden Opera) was recognized as the year’s “Best Opera Production” by the OffWestEnd Awards.

In addition to his conducting activities, Dorian is active as a performer on early violins and keyboards, and is in demand as a concertmaster, soloist, and recitalist across the United States and Europe. He is leader and co-director of Musica Poetica London, leader and founder member of the Rococo Consort, and a frequent guest of the Amphion Consort (London), the International Baroque Players, Brecon Baroque, and the Wallfisch Band. He has performed as a concerto soloist in venues such as London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, as well as in Italy, Austria, Holland, and the Czech Republic.

Dorian holds degrees in baroque violin and conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and in musicology and comparative literature summa cum laude from Cornell University. His extensive research on Mozart’s operas was supported by a Presidential Research Fellowship, and his thesis analysing Schubert’s Winterreise received highest honors. In 2010 he was awarded the coveted Marshall Scholarship.

His mentors include Pavlo Beznosiuk, Malcolm Bilson, Rachel Podger, and Elizabeth Wallfisch. 





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