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Dylan Lardelli

Composer, Performer, Māori 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 with Stefano Bellon in Venice, and has held a DAAD stipend to work with Dieter Mack at the Lübeck Musikhochshule in Germany. In 2016 Dylan held an artistic research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site, to work with the use of Japanese instruments in contemporary music.

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. Dylan's music has been performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America, by musicians such as Lucas Vis, the New Zealand String Quartet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Tosiya Suzuki, Nanae Yoshimura, Ensemble Vortex, the NZtrio, and members of Ensemble Modern. In 2017 Dylan received the APRA (Australasian Performance Rights Association) art music fund award to compose a new work for Musikfabrik in 2018.

His pieces have been programmed in the Gaudeamus music week in Amsterdam, the Darmstadt New Music Festival, the New Zealand Arts Festival, the Metropolis New Music Festival in Melbourne, Takefu Music Festival, the OutHear festival in Greece with Klangforum Wien, and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. He has participated in the Acanthes course with Peter Eotvos, the Darmstadt summer school with Beat Furrer and Helmut Lachenmann, and the Royaumont course with Brian Ferneyhough.

As a Guitarist Dylan has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma contemporary music ensemble, Orchestra Wellington, and also in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Australia, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Most recently, Dylan has presented solo recitals in the United Kingdom, and at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and presented new works for Baroque instruments, including Baroque Guitar, in Melbourne. Dylan has recorded numerous New Zealand Compositions and is a strong advocate of New Zealand music through commissioning, programming, and events management.

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 bass recorder

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 Violin

two movements: one for solo violin and one for piano

Four Fragments

for large chamber ensemble, 8m

Four Scenes

for mixed chamber ensemble

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

leaving in focus

for flute, viola, double bass and piano


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 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


for recorder, sho, koto and guitar

Revenir I

for saxophone quartet, 5m 30s

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

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


for electone

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 (1)

University of Otago Lunchtime Concerts | NZ Music Month Concert I

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