Dorian Bandy

Academic title(s): 

Professor, Area Coordinator

Dorian Bandy
Music Research
Music Performance
Early Music
Music History/Musicology
Contact Information
+1 (514) 398-1266
Email address: 
dorian.bandy [at]
Area Coordinator
C-306A, Strathcona Music Building

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

Areas of expertise: 

Musicology; historical performance practice; philosophy of music


Dorian Bandy is a musicologist and performer specializing in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. He is the author of Mozart the Performer, which proposes a model for Mozart interpretation based on historical studies of Mozart's activities as a pianist and improviser and analytic accounts of his sonatas, concertos, symphonies, and operas. Dorian's research interests also include Beethoven, German instrumental music c.1660-1720, and Lieder c.1780-1840, as well as various issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of music (including the work concept, meme theory, musical meaning, and the philosophy of historical performance), and philosophical artworks more broadly (especially Stephen Sondheim's musicals). His writings on these and related topics have appeared in publications ranging from leading academic journals to blogs such as and He is a member of the Re:Enlightenment collective.

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

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

William Dawson Scholar


MUHL 286 (Critical Thinking About Music)
MUHL 383 (Classical Music)
MUPP 381 (Topics in Historical Performance)

Graduate seminars: Music and the solitary; Mozart in the marketplace; Adventures in musical subjectivity; Philosophy of historical performance; Approaches to musical meaning; Research methods in music

Performance: Baroque orchestra, chamber music coaching, private lessons, vocal coaching, etc.

Selected publications: 


Mozart the Performer: Variations on the Showman's Art (University of Chicago Press, 2023)


"Donna Elvira and the dark places of the heart." Journal of the Royal Musical Association (forthcoming)

"Beethoven's rhetoric of embellishment." 19th-Century Music 46/2

"Mozart's operatic embellishments." Cambridge Opera Journal 33/1-2

"Thema da capo: another look at Mozart's embellishments." Eighteenth-Century Music 19/1

"Violin technique and the contrapuntal imagination in 17th-century German lands." Early Music 49/2

Book chapters:

"Variation at the intersection of performance and composition in the 17th and 18th centuries," in The Oxford Handbook of Variation and Melodic Techniques (forthcoming)


Review essays in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismThe Beethoven Journal, and the Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America


Lovers and Mourners: Sonatas and Variations by Becker, Biber, Pisendel, Schenck, and Walther (2023)

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

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