Lawrence Dillon

Composer Lawrence Dillon creates music that embraces our moment with a deep connection to the past and an open-minded curiosity about the future. Writing about Dillon’s "Through the Night" (commissioned and premiered by the Emerson String Quartet) Stringendo called him “a superb composer… Dillon’s music is eminently approachable, intensely passionate and filled with surprises.” 


  • Guest composer residencies include Curtis Institute of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, Charles Ives Center, Saugatuck Festival, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Killington Festival, The Colburn School of Music, Seisen International School, St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, The Hartt School of Music, Indiana University, Charlotte New Music Festival, Boise State University, University of California Sacramento, Eastern Michigan University, Eastern Carolina University and The Buckley School

Career Highlights

  • Commissions include Emerson String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Louisville Orchestra, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, Daedalus String Quartet, Idyllwild Symphony, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Salt Lake Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Low and Lower, University of Utah, Danielle Belén, Killington Festival, Illuminations Festival, Elaine Richey, Winston-Salem Symphony, Bluthner Piano Series and Carolina Chamber Symphony

Awards, Recognitions & Honors

  • First Prize, Ravinia Festival Composer Competition
  • Berlin Prize
  • Gretchaninoff Prize
  • North Carolina Artist Fellowship
  • International Horn Society
  • Fanfare Magazine Want List
  • Masterprize (special commendation)
  • American Music Center
  • Featured Composer, Chamber Music Magazine
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust
  • Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
  • The Jerome Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Contemporary Record Society
  • ASCAP Young Composer Award


D.M.A. CompositionThe Juilliard School

M.M. CompositionThe Juilliard School

B.M. CompositionHartt School of Music