Third Coast Percussion - United States
Robert Dillon is a founding member of Third Coast Percussion, a dedicated teacher, and an active performer of contemporary and orchestral music in the Chicago area. He has also performed as a substitute with the Chicago, Boston and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared numerous times on the Chicago Symphony's contemporary music series, MusicNOW, as well as the University of Chicago's Contempo series alongside eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.
For the 2007-8 season, Robert served as principal percussionist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the unique, international 12-percussionist Ensemble XII (formerly the Lucerne Festival Percussion Group), and has participated in Pierre Boulez's Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).
In April of 2007, Robert gave the American premiere of the solo version of Christopher Adler's "Signals Intelligence," which he later recorded for a CD of Adler's works released by Innova Records.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he received the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. His teachers include Michael Burritt, James Ross and Will Hudgins.