Malachai Bandy, violone
A native of Los Angeles, Malachai Komanoff Bandy has already amassed a professional performance record on some nineteen instruments spanning over 800 years of music history. A recent graduate in double bass performance and music history from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, over the last few years he has performed as a violonist and violist da gamba with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque, and La Follia Austin Baroque. At Rice, Malachai coordinated JUMP!, the school’s outreach program, and was also founder and director of the Renaissance wind band, The Shepherd School Crumhorn Collective, which was awarded a Sviatoslav Richter Grant for Music Outreach in 2010. Malachai has also performed on the archlute and mandolin in Shepherd School Opera productions, a quintupler part (accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and cello) in a recent Threepenny Opera at Rice, and solo xylophone with the Shepherd School Percussion Ensemble in its 1920s ragtime concert. Malachai has studied during recent summers at European early music festivals in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy, and has performed in summer concerts as a continuo artist alongside Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper, Petr Zejfart, Marek Štryncl, Michael Brüssing, and Catherine Mackintosh. He was one of five viol players invited to play at Boston Early Music Festival 2011 as a member of Early Music America’s select ensemble of young performers across the U.S. and Canada.