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Matthew Aucoin

Born: 1990

Nationality: American

Publisher: AMP

Photo © Steven Laxton

Matthew Aucoin, a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, is an American composer, conductor, pianist, and writer. His oeuvre as a composer extends from solo piano to chamber and orchestral music to opera. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Aucoin was named Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, features him as a composer and conductor, and culminates in the world premiere of a newly-commissioned opera in 2019. Aucoin’s first opera, Crossing, premiered at the American Repertory Theater in May 2015 and had its New York premiere at BAM in October 2017. Second Nature, a one-act eco-opera for young people — commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago — soon followed with a premiere in August 2015. He is currently at work on a new opera co-commissioned by Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, which will premiere February 2020 in Los Angeles.

2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin
Recent works include Merrill Songs, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall and premiered by tenor Paul Appleby and the composer in March 2016; Dual for cello and bass, commissioned by Symphony Center Presents and premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and Alexander Hanna, principal bass of the Chicago Symphony, in May 2015; and The Orphic Moment, featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum where Aucoin is composer-in-residence, which premiered in June 2014.
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