Together with saxophonist Kuninobu Bando, the Tokyo-based chamber ensemble has received numerous accolades for their international performances since their formation in 2009, as well as critical acclaim across Japan and America. Inspired by their own intercultural experiences, the duo has dedicated their efforts to creating international collaborations. In addition to exposing audiences to music from their native countries, they are avid supporters of contemporary music. Through partnerships with artists and organizations that share their vision, they are able to nurture continued growth between the musical communities of Japan and America. The Bando/Wintringham Duo presents programs featuring the results of these collaborations, as well as highlighting the quintessential repertoire of their respective countries. The ensemble also commissions and premieres numerous works in order to expand upon the existing body of repertoire for this unique instrumentation. Recent collaborators include Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Astral Artists, the Kunitachi College of Music, the S&R Foundation, the Japan Foundation, pianist Dizhou Zhao, and composers Jonathan Russell, Ted Goldman, Marc Mellits, Izumi Matsumoto, Ken Thomson, and Yukiko Yoshino.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kuninobu Bando is an honored graduate of the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. A diverse musician, Kuninobu’s musical experiences include a multitude of styles. He is highly sought after as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and most recently as a conductor. He performs regularly in orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gunma Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured in the Tokyo Brass Band and Florence May Music Festival, as well as numerous professional ballet companies. A widely respected studio musician, he is active throughout Tokyo, Sapporo, Akita, Shizuoka, Fukuoka and Miyazaki. Additionally, Mr. Bando has premiered numerous works and enjoys frequent collaborations with several respected composers.
In addition to holding professorships at the Kunitachi College of Music and the Tokyo School of Music, Mr. Bando has published five instructional volumes ranging from beginning to professional methods and he maintains a thriving private studio in his hometown of Tachikawa. Not only an acclaimed performer and teacher, he also serves on the Japan Saxophone Association’s Steering Committee. He continues to collaborate with a great variety of artists and companies, including the Kumagawa Tetsuya K. Ballet Company, H. Art Chaos and Crystal King. He received a special award while competing at the first Gustave Bumke International Saxophone Competition in Dortmund, Germany, and has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Kunitachi College of Music Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Bando received the highest training in Japan under the tutelage of Yuji Ishiwata, Keiji Shimoji, Yoshiyuki Hattori, and Akinori Naraoka. He has also performed in masterclass settings for Claude Delangle and Fabrice Moretti.
Concerto of Intercultural Collaboration
We're excited to announce our newest collaboration pairing us with trail-blazing American composer Jonathan Russell. Active as a composer, clarinetist, and conductor, Mr. Russell’s track record is representative of the beliefs and ideals of the Bando/Wintringham Duo. Additional project collaborators include Mark Scatterday and the Eastman School of Music, Astral Artists, an organization that boasts a long history of fostering incredible musical and educational experiences in the greater Philadelphia area, and the Japan Foundation.
Russell’s creation of a new, original work will allow him to apply his innovative style both artistically and idiomatically to the saxophone. Our project allows us direct involvement in the compositional process, with the influence of both Japanese and American musical culture. With very few double saxophone concertos in existence, we are excited for the potential collaborations this work will facilitate in the saxophone community. In our pursuit of a significant community impact, we are thrilled to partner with Mark Davis Scatterday and the Eastman Wind Ensemble for the premiere of this new work. Dr. Scatterday and the EWE have long since represented the wind ensemble medium and its inherent pathway to innovation and the creation of new works.
The world-premiere performance of Jonathan Russell’s double-concerto, Fantasy on Five, will take place on May 2nd, 2016, during the final concert of the EWE’s season in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.
World premiere performance is posted on YouTube!
Kuninobu Bando, saxophones
Jonathan Wintringham, saxophones
Dizhou Zhao, piano
Featuring world premiere recordings of Randall Cornelison'sDance the Event Horizon,
Ted Goldman's RwS 2.0, Izumi Matusmoto's Trio Élégiaque, and the saxophone version of
Ken Thomson's Undo.
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