Feb. 17, 2012 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RECORDING BY UNCSA FACULTY COMPOSER WINS GRAMMY
In Producer of the Year, Classical, Category
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) faculty composer Lawrence Dillon’s CD “Insects & Paper Airplanes” has won a Grammy – Producer of the Year, Classical.
Judith Sherman earned a Grammy this week for Producer of the Year - Classical. Among the body of work for which she won was “Insects & Paper Airplanes – Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon,” performed by the Daedalus Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman.
“Insects & Paper Airplanes,” released by Bridge Records, is a collection of three of Dillon’s string quartets and a piano quartet.
Gramophone Magazine called Dillon’s recording “highly recommended... 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.”
American Record Guide said, “I have listened to this recording more often than any other this month, and I am not yet full.”
Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Although he lost 50 percent of his hearing in a childhood illness, he 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.
Increasingly in demand, Dillon has completed commissions in the last three years from the Emerson String Quartet, the Ravinia Festival, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah, the Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, the Quartetto di Sassofoni Accademia and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.
His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Dillon has earned a number of awards for his work, including honors from the American Music Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Masterprize, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ravinia Festival, the International Horn Society and Contemporary Record Society. In 1999, he received an Artist Fellowship from North Carolina, the highest honor accorded to artists in the state.
Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, a UNCSA School of Drama alumnus, was nominated for his third Grammy, for Best Bluegrass Album, for “Reason and Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale.” Allison Krauss & Union Station took home the Grammy. Lauderdale previously won Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album in 2002 and 2008.
Released by Sugar Hill Records, “Reason and Rhyme” is Lauderdale’s second album in collaboration with Hunter, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. Their first joint album, “Patchwork River,” was released in 2010. The two also collaborated on an earlier release with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.
The recording industry's most prestigious award, the Grammy is presented annually by The Recording Academy to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.