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.