Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, and pianist. He studied at Harvard College and The Juilliard School, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, fuses his work as composer and conductor: each season, Aucoin conducts at LA Opera, and the company has co-commissioned Aucoin’s next opera with the New Works program of the Metropolitan Opera.
In recent seasons, Aucoin has conducted the premieres of two of his operas: Crossing, at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, and Second Nature, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Crossing will have its West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles Opera in the 2017-18 season, and Second Nature has subsequently been heard at the Music Academy of the West and the Canadian Opera Company.
His orchestral music has been performed by Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, and the Knoxville Symphony, among others. The performers of his chamber music include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Conor Hanick, tenor Paul Appleby, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and members of the Chicago Symphony.
Aucoin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2012, where he studied with poet Jorie Graham, and went on to earn a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he studied with composer Robert Beaser. He began his professional career as the youngest Assistant Conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, and we went on to study with Riccardo Muti as the Solti Apprentice of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, then to serve as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In recent seasons, Aucoin has made conducting debuts with the Chicago Symphony; the Los Angeles Opera; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra; the Music Academy of the West; the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy; the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; the Rome Opera Orchestra; and Juilliard Opera, in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Smetana to Adès.