Personal Summary / Bio
Chosen as one of the Los Angeles Times’s “101 Remarkable Young People,” Dorian Komanoff Bandy is among the most versatile talents to emerge on the early music scene. As an opera conductor, his repertoire spans the sixteenth through twentieth centuries, including works of Barber, Cavalli, Handel, Haydn, Lully, Monteverdi, Mozart, 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.
When not conducting, Dorian maintains a thriving career as a performer on early violins and keyboards. His “spectacular violin playing” (PlanetHugill, Brighton, UK), marked by “sensibility and virtuosity” (Musical Pointers, London, UK), has charmed audiences in venues ranging from London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Symphony Space. He is leader and co-director of Musica Poetica London, and 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. In 2014-2015, he and Paul Cienniwa launched Bach Explored, a Boston- and New Bedford-based recital series pairing works of Bach with those of his 17th-century forebears and 18th-century colleagues.
In addition to his performing activities, Dorian is increasingly in demand as a teacher and educator. He has coached students and taught masterclasses at the Longy School of Music and the Colburn School of Performing Arts; 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 deeper aesthetic connections between art and music (recent topics include the relationship between foreground and background in visual and aural space; realism vs. naturalism; and visual and aural depictions of the Affections in the 17th and 18th centuries). In Fall 2014, he became an Affiliate Tutor of Quincy House at Harvard University, and Violinist in Residence at First Church in Boston.
Dorian holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Cornell University. In 2010 he was awarded the coveted Marshall Scholarship.