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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Friday, July 27, 2007
Carter Sandwich

I didnít think youíd be hearing from me this week, but Iíve just found out that my Childís Play will be performed tomorrow night at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Studzinski Hall, 7:30 pm. Iím actually going to be an Elliott Carter sandwich ĖĖ Childís Play will be framed by two of Carterís etudes for timpani. Ironically, the timpanist will be a former composition student of mine, Joshua Gates. Sorry I won't be around to hear it.

You can read about the performance, part of the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, here.