Malachi Bandy, violone
A native of Los Angeles, Malachai Komanoff Bandy has already amassed a professional performance record on some twenty instruments spanning over 800 years of music history. He recently graduated cum laude, with Distinction in Research and Creative Work from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with degrees in double bass and music history. Over the last few years, Malachai has performed as a violonist and violist da gamba with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque, La Follia Austin Baroque, and Ciaramella. He is also a featured soloist in the score and Emmy-winning title theme for the STARZ original series DaVinci's Demons. At Rice, Malachai coordinated JUMP!, the school’s outreach program, and also founded and continues to direct The Shepherd School Crumhorn Collective, which in 2010 was awarded a Sviatoslav Richter Grant for Music Outreach. He is currently pursuing his viola da gamba and organological studies with master pedagogue José Vázquez in various locations throughout Europe, with the assistance of a Wagoner Fellowship and a grant from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.