Dorian Bandy

Academic title(s): 

Area Coordinator, Early Music & Harpsichord

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 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 across 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 and served as a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo.


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

Graduate seminars: 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: 

"Violin technique and the contrapuntal imagination in 17th-century German lands." Early Music 49 no. 2 (May 2021)

"Thema da capo: another look at Mozart's embellishments." Eighteenth-Century Music 19 no. 1 (March 2022)

"Mozart's operatic embellishments." Cambridge Opera Journal (forthcoming)


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

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