Dorian Bandy

Academic title(s): 


Music Research
Music Performance
Early Music
Music History/Musicology
Contact Information
Email address: 
dorian.bandy [at]
C-306A, Strathcona Music Building

BA, Cornell University
MMus, Royal Academy of Music (London)
PhD, University of Glasgow

Area of expertise: 

Historical performance practice, musicology, philosophy of music

Current research: 




Dorian Komanoff Bandy studied music and literature at Cornell University before pursuing degrees in baroque violin and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and a PhD at the University of Glasgow. His musicological interests include Mozart (with a particular emphasis on embellishment, improvisation, the performer-composer relationship, and the Da Ponte operas), Beethoven, seventeenth-century German instrumental music, and nineteenth-century Lieder. Dorian also regularly writes and lectures on various issues in the philosophy of music, including the ‘work concept’, meme theory, musical meaning, and the philosophy of historical performance. He is a member of the Re:Enlightenment collective.

Alongside his academic work, Dorian maintains an active career as a conductor, violinist, and historical keyboardist. His repertoire spans four centuries, and his performances — acclaimed for their vitality, drama, and warmth — have taken him to venues throughout Europe and North America, including London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s Symphony Space.

Previously, Dorian spent three years on the performance and research faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has served as a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo, and has lectured at the Colburn School, the Longy School of Music, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.



Fall: MUPP381 (Topics in Historical Performance)
Fall: MUPD650 (Research Methods in Music)
Winter: MUHL681 (Philosophy of Historical Performance)
Baroque Orchestra, Private Lessons, Chamber Music, etc.


Telemann: Complete 1715 Violin Sonatas, including one world premiere (2018)