Lawrence Golan

Lawrence Golan

Professor, Orchestral Conducting

What I do

I am the orchestra and opera conductor at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, am Chair of the Ensembles and Conducting Department and teach orchestral conducting majors as well as classes in orchestral conducting.


orchestra, opera, conducting, violin

Professional Biography

Lawrence Golan holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and a Doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In addition to his work at the University of Denver, he is a very active professional orchestra conductor. He has conducted professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in 26 U.S. states and 20 countries. He is a 10-time ASCAP Award winner, 5-time Global Music Award winner, 3-time American Prize winner, 3-time Downbeat Magazine Award winner, and 2-time Prestige Music Award winner. He is also an accomplished violinist.


  • DMA, Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting, New England Conservatory of Music, 1995
  • MM, Violin Performance, Indiana University, 1989
  • BM, Violin Performance, Indiana University, 1988

Professional Affiliations

  • League of American Orchestras
  • International Conductor's Guild
  • College Orchestra Directors Association


My main area of creative activity is professional orchestra conducting.


Golan, L. (2017). Verklärte Nacht. Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes. Mexico City, Mexico.
Golan, L., & Bolkvadze, E. (2014). Batumi Music Festival: East Meets West. Batumi Music Festival Orchestra. Batumi, Republic of Georgia.
Golan, L. (2016). China Tour. Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Poly Theaters, Zhengzhou, Henan, China.
Golan, L. (2018). Debut with Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Italy. Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo. Sanremo, Italy.
Golan, L., & O'Riley, C. (2017). From the Top. York Symphony Orchestra. York, Pennsylvania, USA.


  • Winner, Orchestral Programming, The American Prize
  • American Academy of Conducting Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship, Tanglewood Music Center
  • Gold Winner for Orchestral Music, Prestige Music Award
  • Winner, Best of Show, Global Music Awards