A native of Los Angeles, Malachai Komanoff Bandy has amassed a professional performance record on some twenty instruments spanning over 800 years of music history. He graduated cum laude with Distinction in Research and Creative Work from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with double bass and music history degrees. Over the past few years, Malachai has performed as a violist da gamba and violonist with The Orpheon Consort (Vienna), Ars Lyrica Houston, and as a viol, shawm, and hurdy-gurdy player with Ciaramella: Ensemble for the Fifteenth Century (Los Angeles). He is also a featured soloist in Bear McCreary’s score to the film 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and Emmy-winning title theme for the STARZ television series DaVinci's Demons. After completing a Wagoner Fellowship-funded individual course of viola da gamba and organological study with master pedagogue José Vázquez in Austria, Spain, and Switzerland, Malachai began graduate studies in Historical Musicology as a Provost Fellow at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2015. He is currently in the final stages of creating the first comprehensive aural catalog of the Orpheon Foundation’s fifty historical violas da gamba (Duino, Italy) with the support of a Presser Graduate Award (2016). His present scholarly interests include topics pertaining to viola da gamba technique, repertoire, instrument design, and iconography.
Dino Georgeton completed a Master of Percussion Performance at the Basel Hochschule für Musik under the direction of Christian Dierstein, and is currently pursuing a Master of Percussion Pedagogy there, both with a focus on contemporary classical music. He has performed with many of the leading orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in Europe, such as the Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester, Ensemble Recherche, and Collegium Novum. He has performed at such conferences and festivals as the Estival d'Automne in Paris, France, the Society for Electroacoustic Music Conference 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Darmstadt Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Stockhausen Courses in Kürten, Germany. His work at the Stockhausen Courses was honored with the Stockhausen Prize for Interpretation. Georgeton completed his Bachelor of Music in 2015 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. While at Rice University, he became involved with the Crumhorn Collective as a percussionist. Since then, Georgeton has continued to work with the Collective in the performance of Renaissance Music.
Eva Lymenstull completed a Master’s degree in baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2014, where she was a student of Jaap ter Linden, and was awarded a prize for that year’s “most special final exam”. Ms. Lymenstull has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Holland Baroque Society, and Symphonie Atlantique, as guest principal cello with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo's Fire, and and has also appeared at the 2013 and 2014 Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festivals. As an ensemble member, she was a semi-finalist in the International Biber Competition 2013 and the Van Wassenaer Competition 2014, and in 2011 received a Theodore Presser award for historical performance studies. Ms. Lymenstull holds a Master’s degree in modern cello from Rice University, where she studied with Desmond Hoebig, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, as a student of Richard Aaron.
Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Alexa Haynes-Pilon completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in cello performance at Brandon University studying with Mark Rudoff and Leanne Zacharias. She earned a performance certificate from the University of Toronto in coordination with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra studying under Christina Mahler. In Toronto, she performed with Tafelmusik and Accenti Vocali, and became a founding member of the early music ensemble, Rezonance. She recently finished her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with William Skeen, and baroque bassoon and dulcian with Charlie Koster. She has quickly established herself in the Los Angeles early music scene, performing with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Los Angeles Baroque Players, Con Gioia and Musica Angelica as well as co-founding two early music chamber groups, Concitato 415 and Ensemble Bizarria. She has appeared in most of the major early music festivals in North America including the Tafelmusik Winter Institute and Summer Institute, the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco, Vancouver Early Music, and the Berkley Early Music Festival. Alexa believes strongly that the future of classical music lies in youth education. She served for three years on the faculty of the Cosmo school of music in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and for the past four years has exposed thousands of elementary and secondary school students to renaissance and baroque instruments through her work with the Crumhorn Collective, in collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston’s outreach program in Houston, TX. She is co-founder and co-director of LA Baroque (LAB), a community baroque orchestra.
Rebecca Landell Reed enjoys a varied career performing on multiple instruments playing music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Although her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees focused on cello performance, she became interested in viola da gamba and baroque cello while studying at Oberlin Conservatory with Darrett Adkins. She developed her gamba and baroque cello skills with Catharina Meints and with Michael and Maria Brüssing in the Czech Republic. She fostered her love for baroque music during her Master’s studies with Norman Fischer at Rice University playing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Dresden with the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. She also connected with the Crumhorn Collective, an eclectic outreach band of Renaissance multi-instrumentalists started by Malachai Bandy. Through outreach and acting coaching, Ms. Reed enjoys pushing her boundaries to include staged productions like her participation with Studio Theatre’s rendition of An Iliad. Ms. Reed won the Wagoner Fellowship in 2013 and studied with Steuart Pincombe in Den Haag, exploring alternate performance venues in house concerts with her husband, photographer Mathias Reed. In 2014, she joined Apollo’s Fire on baroque cello and the teaching faculty at Oberlin Community Music School in 2017.