Composer, conductor, and poet Matthew Aucoin recently served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for the Met premiere of Thomas Adès's The Tempest and Assistant Conductor of the Rome Opera for the company premiere of Shostakovich's The Nose. His next opera is in development at the A.R.T.; his previous two operas, both of whose premieres he conducted, were Hart Crane (Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, 2012) and From Sandover (New York Composers Collaborative, New York, 2010). Aucoin is Music Director and composer-in-residence of the orchestra Encounters, in residence at the Peabody Essex Museum, and he recently appeared as a guest conductor with the Longwood Symphony. He has also served as an assistant conductor and pianist at the Berliner Staatsoper, Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Caramoor Festival, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Aucoin is also a published poet and the author of the collection Aftermusic, which won Harvard's Hoopes Prize in 2012; his poems and essays have also appeared in The Boston Globe, The Colorado Review and Plain China. His compositions have been performed by the Brattle Street Chamber Players, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Werner Cello Quartet, the New York Composer Collaborative, and violinist Keir GoGwilt, among others. A 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), Aucoin has also studied at The Juilliard School (composition with Robert Beaser) and Tanglewood.
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