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Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, pianist, and writer. His oeuvre as a composer extends from solo piano to chamber and orchestral music to opera. Starting in the fall of 2016, Aucoin will be Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, will feature him as a composer and conductor, and will culminate in the world premiere of a newly-commissioned opera in 2019. Aucoin’s first opera,
, premiered at the American Repertory Theater in May 2015.
, 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 for the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works program.
Other recent works include
, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall and premiered by tenor Paul Appleby and the composer in March 2016;
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. Upcoming premieres include
, commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and a piano concerto commissioned by The Gilmore for pianist Charlie Albright.