Lawrence Dillon@Sequenza21.com

"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.


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Saturday, March 12, 2005
Travel Itinerary

On Tuesday (the 15th), I leave for Russia. On Thursday I will give a class on my music to composition students of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory -- the same place where Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich learned their trades. Friday and Saturday will feature rehearsals with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Sunday night (March 20) Iíll have the Russian premiere of my Amadeus ex machina. Afterwards, Iíll be joined by composer Sergei Slonimsky, whose Symphony No. 8 will also be on the program, for a post-concert talk.

In between those scheduled events, I hope to spend some time at the Hermitage Museum, catch other performances, and meet with some of the musicians who make the city hum.

With a little bit of luck, I will figure out how to make use of St. Petersburgís internet cafes, and keep you posted on what I learn. My Russian is absolutely horrible, though, so Iím not holding my breath. Right now, I have to dig up some Arctic apparel in a hurry!