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Matthew Aucoin

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 ofthe Rome Opera for the company premiere of Shostakovich's The Nose.

His next opera is indevelopment at the American Repertory Theater; his previous two operas, both of whose premieres heconducted, were Hart Crane (Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, 2012) and From Sandover (New YorkComposers Collaborative, New York, 2010). Aucoin is Music Director and composer-in-residence of theorchestra Encounters, in residence at the Peabody Essex Museum, and he recently appeared as a guestconductor with the Longwood Symphony.

He has also served as an assistant conductor and pianist atthe Berliner Staatsoper, Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Caramoor Festival, the Boston YouthSymphony Orchestra, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Aucoin is also a published poet and theauthor of the collection Aftermusic, which won Harvard's Hoopes Prize in 2012; his poems and essayshave also appeared in The Boston Globe, The Colorado Review and Plain China. His compositions havebeen performed by the Brattle Street Chamber Players, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the WernerCello 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.