Lawrence Golan

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Lawrence Golan (born 1966) is an American orchestral conductor and violinist. He is the Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra in Colorado, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state, the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver where he is director of orchestral studies and professor of conducting at the Lamont School of Music.

Life and career[edit]

Golan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where his father, Joseph Golan (1930-2011), was for 49 years a member of, and for 35 years principal second violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and went on to complete his Doctorate in music in 1995 at the New England Conservatory with a dissertation entitled Performing Bach: dotted rhythms and trills in the sonatas and partitas for solo violin.[1][2] He furthered his studies in conducting at several music festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein conducting fellowship. Previous positions that Golan held include principal second violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra,[3] orchestra conductor and director of string studies at the University of Southern Maine, music director of the Portland Ballet Company, artistic director of the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and principal conductor of the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.[4][5][6]

In 2001, he joined the faculty of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music as director of orchestral studies and professor of conducting and also to serve as music director and conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre. He concurrently serves as music director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (appointed 2010), the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (appointed 2013), and the York Symphony Orchestra (appointed 2014).[5][7][8]

In 2001, Golan was the lead plaintiff of the United States Supreme Court case, now known as Golan v. Holder, which challenged the constitutionality of the application of Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. In the United States, the Act restored copyright status to foreign works (including musical compositions) previously in the public domain.[9][10]


Golan's awards include:

  • Multiple ASCAP Awards for Innovative Programming of Contemporary Music for his work with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (2004-2014)[11]
  • Global Music Awards for his recording of Indian Summer: The Music of George Perlman[1]
  • Down Beat Magazine Awards for Best College Symphony Orchestra (Lamont Symphony Orchestra)[12]
  • Prestige Music Awards (2012) for his recording of Tchaikovsky 6 and Tchaikovsky 6.1[13]
  • American Prize Awards in conducting and programming (2012, Grand Prize Winner)[14]


  • Beethoven 7 & Beethoven 7.1, Lamont Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Golan. 2011, Albany Records
  • Tchaikovsky 6 & Tchaikovsky 6.1, Moravian Philharmonic conducted by Lawrence Golan. 2008, Albany Records
  • Funky Little Crustaceans, William Hill, composer, Moravian Philharmonic, Lawrence Golan, conductor. 2007, Albany Records
  • Visions, Dreams & Memories, works for Native American flute and orchestra featuring James Pellerite and the Moravian Philharmonic conducted by Lawrence Golan. 2006, Albany Records.
  • Indian Summer: The Music of George Perlman. Lawrence Golan, violin; Martin Perry, piano. 1997, Albany Records
  • Fantasia, Lawrence Golan, violin. 1995, Entrata Records.


  • Bach: Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for Solo Violin (Book) BWV 1001-1006 by Lawrence Golan. 2006, Mel Bay Publications
  • Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, edited and reduced orchestration by Lawrence Golan. 2003, Spurwink River Publishing
  • Lawrence Golan Violin Scale System. 1997, Mel Bay Publications.
  • Fantasia for Solo Violin by Lawrence Golan. 1997, Ludwig Music Publishers


  1. ^ a b McWisley (28 October 2011). "Lawrence Golan takes top honors in Global Music Awards". Jacobs School of Music
  2. ^ OCLC 31954678
  3. ^ Bates College News (10 January 1996). "Pianist joins violinist in concert".
  4. ^ Not to be confused with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
  5. ^ a b Caro, Heather (10 September 2010). "Interview: Lawrence Golan". Yakima Magazine
  6. ^ McCracken, Erin (14 November 2013)
  7. ^ Rinaldi, Ray Mark (8 May 2013). "Denver Philharmonic gets new music director with Lawrence Golan". Denver Post
  8. ^ "YSO conductor search: Lawrence Golan will take the baton Nov. 23", York Daily Record
  9. ^ Golan v. Holder, 10-545, US Supreme Court, Term OY-2011, January 18, 2012.
  10. ^ Parry, Mark (29 May 2011). "Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars' Rights". The Chronicle of Higher Education
  11. ^ ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards. 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004
  12. ^ Down Beat (June 2012). "Down Beat's 35th Annual Student Music Awards", p. 105
  13. ^ Prestige Music Awards. Past winners
  14. ^ American Prize Awards Orchestral Programming

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