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.” Gramophone called his recording "Insects and Paper Airplanes" "sly and mysterious…arresting and appealing… 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… Highly recommended."

The music of composer Lawrence Dillon melds whimsy and mystery in an oddly irresistible fashion. His pieces have a magnetism that has earned him the attention and acclaim of the musical world, with famous ensembles commissioning works written by his award-winning hand


Teaching Philosophy

I love discovering the unique voice within each composer. I have no interest in creating protégés; I’d rather see my students pursue personal artistic visions, excelling in their compositions – and in their lives.

UNCSA Composition Program


D.M.A. CompositionThe Juilliard School

M.M. CompositionThe Juilliard School

B.M. CompositionHartt School of Music