A 2012 graduate of Harvard College, Aucoin is currently the Solti Conducting Apprentice of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he made his conducting debut in February of 2014; he has also served as an Assistant Conductor at the Met Opera. His next project, Second Nature, an opera for young people commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, premieres in Chicago in August 2015. He also holds a commission by the new works program of the Met Opera/Lincoln Center Theater. Recent and upcoming performances of Aucoin’s orchestral and chamber works include performances by the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, pianist Benjamin Hochman, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the Gramercy Trio, violinist Keir GoGwilt, and pianist George Fu. Aucoin studied composition with Robert Beaser at Juilliard, where he received a graduate diploma. He was Composer-in-Residence at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2013- 14. Also in the 2013-14 Season, Aucoin made conducting debuts with Juilliard Opera (Eugene Onegin), the Rome Opera Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (in a public rehearsal featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma), while also serving as a cover conductor at the Met Opera (The Nose) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Così fan tutte). Aucoin has served as guest lecturer on music and literature at the New York Shakespeare Society and New York University’s Casa Italiana and has hosted classical music radio programs for New York’s WQXR.
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