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, April 23, 2005
Spring is Here

Last post was called Pruning the List, but I feel like Iím pruning a butterfly bush: new blossoms are coming hard and fast.

Some great suggestions have brought the list up to 148 -- far beyond what I initially asked for, but part of the interest in this kind of joint project is the fact that you canít predict the outcome.

The new suggestions bring the total of pieces Iíve heard up to 49, so Iím still at 1/3. Which only confirms the point I've made before that this is not my list, itís ours.

If you havenít checked in awhile, take a look at some of the recent comments on the list below: I think you will find some of great interest.

Meanwhile, we have a student composers concert here tonight, so Iím a busy, busy boy. They (the students) are nervous, but if they only knew how terrified I am for them...