Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, and pianist.
He is Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera. This position, created for Aucoin, fuses his work as composer and conductor. LA Opera has co-commissioned Aucoin’s next opera with the new-works program of the Metropolitan Opera; and Aucoin will conduct at LA Opera each season, including Philip Glass’s Akhnaten last fall and, in the upcoming season, both Verdi’s Rigoletto and his own opera Crossing.
In the 2014-15 season, Aucoin conducted the premieres of two of his operas: Crossing, at Boston’s American Repertory Theater; and the chamber opera Second Nature at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Aucoin’s orchestral and chamber works include his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, recently premiered by Conor Hanick and the Alabama Symphony; the orchestral piece Evidence, premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (conducted by the composer); and Merrill Songs, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall for tenor Paul Appleby.
Other recent and upcoming performances of his music include performances by Yo-Yo Ma, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brentano Quartet, the Canadian Opera Company, Chanticleer, the Knoxville Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the orchestra of the Music Academy of the West, where Aucoin was a Mosher Guest Artist this summer.
Aucoin has recently made conducting debuts at Los Angeles Opera, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, the Rome Opera Orchestra, and Juilliard Opera. Next summer, he makes his conducting debut at Santa Fe Opera leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic.
Aucoin is a 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), and a 2014 recipient of a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School.