Matthew Aucoin

Born: 1990
Nationality: American
Publisher: AMP
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Born in Boston, MA, Matthew Aucoin is a composer, conductor, pianist and writer.

Starting in the fall of 2016, Aucoin will be Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, fuses his work as composer and conductor and will culminate in the world premiere of a newly-commissioned opera by him in 2019. Aucoin’s opera Crossing premiered at the American Repertory Theater in May 2015, directed by Diane Paulus. His Second Nature, an opera for young people, was commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and premiered in August 2015.  Aucoin wrote the libretti and conducted the premieres of both operas.  He is currently at work on a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works program.

Performers of his works include the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Jennifer Koh and Keir GoGwilt. members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, A Far Cry, pianist Benjamin Hochman, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and tenor Paul Appleby.  Recent works include Evidence, commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and a piano concerto commissioned by The Gilmore which will be premiered by Conor Hanick and the Alabama Symphony in October 2016.

Aucoin is a 2012 graduate of Harvard College, where he studied with the poet Jorie Graham, and a 2013 recipient of a graduate diploma in composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with composer Robert Beaser. Shortly before he graduated from Harvard, Aucoin was hired as the youngest Assistant Conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, where he worked with Thomas Adès, James Levine, and Valery Gergiev. From 2013 to 2015, Aucoin was the Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he studied with Riccardo Muti and, in 2014, made his CSO debut subbing for an indisposed Pierre Boulez.  In the coming seasons he will conduct Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra, Salzburg's Mozarteum Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera."

An accomplished writer, Aucoin’s essays and poetry have appeared in The Yale Review, The Colorado Review, The Boston Globe, and The Harvard Advocate. He has served as guest lecturer for the New York Shakespeare Society and a guest host for New York’s WQXR. Aucoin has been the subject of major profiles in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune. His music has been featured on radio programs including This American Life, From the Top, and Studio 360. Aucoin’s music is published exclusively by Associated Music Publishers.

Printed scores by composer Matthew Aucoin