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.