Lawrence Dillon receives a NC Arts Council Fellowship


Raleigh, N.C. (October 23, 2013) Lawrence Dillon of Winston-Salem has received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in the category of music for composition. 

Dillon is one of 15 artists from across the state to receive the 2013–2014 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the categories of songwriting, composing and writing. 

Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline. 

The N.C. Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. Choreographers and visual, craft, and film/video artists are eligible to apply by the November 1, 2013 deadline

“Each composition or group of compositions raises its own issues that I find interesting, worth pursuing, often for reasons I don’t fully understand,” says Winston-Salem chamber music composer Lawrence Dillon. “Once the works are out there, it may be possible for others to generalize about them, but I am more concerned with the next pieces, the next set of challenges, because those are the issues only I can address.”  

Lawrence Dillon


Dillon is 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 is also a 1999–2000 Fellowship recipient.

Despite losing 50-percent 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 immediately appointed to the Juilliard faculty. 

His works have been commissioned and premiered by the Emerson String Quartet, Le Train Bleu, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Lincoln Trio, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Quartetto di Sassofoni d’Accademia, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2010, Bridge Records released Insects and Paper Airplanes, a disk of Dillon’s chamber music featuring the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman. In Gramophone (March 2011) Donald Rosenberg wrote, “Just when you thought the string quartet may have reached the edge of sonic possibilities, along comes a composer who makes something novel, haunting and whimsical of the genre…Each score is an arresting and appealing creation, full of fanciful and lyrical flourishes within traditional forms that are brightly tweaked.” 

His website is

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