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Dylan Lardelli

Composer, Performer

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Born in Wellington New Zealand, Dylan holds a Bachelors degree in Guitar performance and a Masters degree in Composition from Victoria University of Wellington. He has studied with Stefano Bellon in Venice and from 2009–2010 held a DAAD stipend to work with Dieter Mack at the Lübeck Musikhochshule in Germany.

Dylan has been the recipient of many scholarships and awards including the award of first place with his piece Four Fragments in the Asian Composers League Young Composers’ Competition in Tokyo in 2003. Dylan’s music has been performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and by such musicians as Lucas Vis, Cygnus Ensemble, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the NZTrio and members of Ensemble Modern and Musik Fabrik. His pieces have been programmed in the Gaudeamus music week held in Amsterdam and the Darmstadt New Music Festival. He has participated in the Acanthes course with Peter Eotvos, the Darmstadt summer school with Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann and Dieter Mack and the Royaumont course with Brian Ferneyhough.

Recent premières include Between Strings (2013) by NZTrio, secrets, listening to the qin (2014) by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet, Retracing (2016) by the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio, and Shells (2016) by NZ Trio and Xia Jing.

As a Guitarist Dylan has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma contemporary music ensemble, 175 East new music ensemble and also In Korea, China, Thailand and Germany. Dylan has recorded numerous New Zealand Compositions and is a strong advocate of New Zealand music through commissioning and programming.

Composed (42)


for saxophone quartet, 8m

Aspects of Theatre

for mixed chamber quintet


for flute, two clarinets, and cello

Between Strings

for Violin, Cello, Piano and Guzheng, 13m


for flute and recorder

Conditions of Forgetting

for tenor recorder, electric guitar, percussion, violin, cello, double bass, 13m


for oboe and guitar, 11m 40s


for solo cello, 9m

First Ice (Lachrymae)

prelude and movement for solo guitar, 10m

For Violin

two movements: one for solo violin and one for piano

Four Fragments

for large chamber ensemble, 8m

Frederick Street Fragment

for children's chamber orchestra

from flying birds

for solo cello, 1m

From Grey

for string orchestra and harp, 10m


for solo Koto, 8m 30s


for oboe, shō, koto, violin and recorder, 10m


single movement work for chamber ensemble


for cello, bass clarinet and guitar, 13m

Mapping, an Inlay

for string quartet, 15m


for flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello and piano, 8m

Musical Box

for taonga puoro, viola, guitar and harp, 10m

One Body

for clarinet quartet

Orbits of Influence

for violin, cello, shamisen, and guitar

Pan Awakes

for orchestral wind & brass, 6m


for clarinet in B flat, trombone and guitar, 8m


for bassoon, tenor trombone, tuba, cello, double bass and conductor (all performers required to hum)

Refining Metals

for piccolo/bass flute, soprano saxophone, and percussion, 10m


A "landscape prelude" for piano


for recorder, sho, koto and guitar

Revenir I

for saxophone quartet, 5m 30s

Revenir II

for saxophone quartet, 6m 30s


for mixed chamber ensemble

secrets, listening to the qin

for Chinese instrument ensemble and string quartet, 10m

Sent into Silence

for mixed chamber nonet


for violin, cello, piano and guzheng

These Dark Hands

for orchestra

Three Colours

single movement work for orchestra, 10m

to give

for mixed chamber septet

To My Winter

for solo oboe


for solo clarinet and orchestra, 12m

Two Bells

for piccolo, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano