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Dylan Lardelli

Performer, Māori Composer, Composer


Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tūhoe

Born in Wellington New Zealand, Dylan holds degrees in Guitar performance, and Composition from Victoria University Wellington. He has studied in Venice with Stefano Bellon, and has held a DAAD stipend to study with Dieter Mack at the Lübeck Musikhochshule in Germany. Dylan has held an artistic research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site, to work with the use of Japanese instruments in contemporary music, and a composer residency at Kulturkontakt Vienna. In 2018 and 2019 Dylan was the Mozart Fellow at Otago University in Dunedin.

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, and has received the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund award. Dylan's music has been performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America, by musicians such as Lucas Vis, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Horomona Horo (Taonga pūoro), Tosiya Suzuki, Ensemble Vortex Geneva, the NZ Trio, Klangforum Wien Vienna, Musikfabrik Cologne, Ensemble Klangrauschen, and members of Ensemble Modern.

Dylan's work explores aspects of memory, physicality and gesture, and have been programmed in the Gaudeamus music week Amsterdam, the Darmstadt New Music Festival, the New Zealand Arts Festival, the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Metropolis Festival Melbourne, OutHear New Music Week Greece, and the Takefu International Music Festival.

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

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Composed (48)

10 minutes and 360,000 km

for bass flute, electronics and film, 10m 40s


for saxophone quartet, 8m

Aspects of Theatre

for mixed chamber quintet, 6m


for flute, two clarinets and cello, 12m 50s

Between Strings

for violin, cello, piano and guzheng, 13m

Between, Apart

for piano solo, with electronic keyboard, 6m


for flute and bass recorder, 11m

Cleaving to Seconds

for ensemble, 23m

Conditions of Forgetting

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


for oboe and guitar, 11m 40s


for solo cello, 9m

First Ice (Lachrymae)

for solo guitar, 10m


for oboe and sho, 10m

For Violin

two movements: one for solo violin and one for piano

Four Fragments

for large chamber ensemble, 8m

Four Scenes

for mixed chamber ensemble, 9m

Frederick Street Fragment

for children's chamber orchestra

from flying birds

for solo cello, 1m

From Grey

for string orchestra and harp, 10m

Glow Close

for flute, clarinet, piano, viola, cello and double bass, 15m


for solo Koto, 8m 30s


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

leaving in focus

for flute, viola, double bass and piano, 8m 10s


for cello, bass clarinet and guitar, 13m


for traverso, mo and koto, 7m 30s

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, 8m 20s

Pan Awakes

for orchestral wind and brass, 6m


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


for bassoon, tenor trombone, tuba, cello, double bass and conductor

Refining Metals

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


for piano, 3m 30s


for recorder, sho, koto and guitar, 10m 30s

secrets, listening to the qin

for Chinese instrument ensemble and string quartet, 10m

Sent into Silence

for mixed chamber nonet, 15m 50s


for piano trio and guzheng, 6m

These Dark Hands

for orchestra

to give

for mixed chamber septet, 7m 30s

To My Winter

for solo oboe


for solo clarinet and orchestra, 12m

Two Bells

for piccolo, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano, 10m 20s

Visiting Blue

for oboe and viola, 7m 30s


for electone, 10m

境界 - Borders

for shamisen, 13m

Commissioned (4)

about nothing...really

for flute, B flat clarinet, guitar and cello, 7m

As if to catch the fleeting tail of time

for guitar and ensemble, 16m


for guitar, fixed audio media and 2-12 other performers

Performances (2)

University of Otago Lunchtime Concerts | NZ Music Month Concert I

Featuring: __Lilburn__ | Sonata for Violin and Piano __Whitehead__ | Tōroa __De Castro-...

PORTAL: Anna Koch

Austrian clarinettist Anna Koch joins three leading Aotearoa composers for this special performan...