Triple-threat composer/ conductor/ pianist creating buzz

Posted on: July 22, 2014

“Most 4-year-olds going to visit their grandparents in Florida while away the flight kicking the seat in front of them. Matt Aucoin spent the trip composing ‘Cloud Symphony,’ ” writes Ellen Gamerman in Thursday’s (7/17) Wall Street Journal.  “At age 11, he played ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ from start to finish by heart, leading strangers to assume he was sitting at a player piano…. Now 24, Matthew Aucoin … is as close as the art form comes to a triple threat, racking up accomplishments as a composer, conductor and pianist.… Mr. Aucoin recently made his conducting debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Opera’s orchestra and the Juilliard Opera. He is the youngest member of the [Metropolitan Opera’s] team of assistant conductors and has conducted rehearsals for luminaries such as the Chicago Symphony’s Riccardo Muti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel. In those sessions, he meets with the maestros to discuss complex sections of the music…. His orchestral and chamber compositions are performed in the U.S. and Europe. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., made him its first composer-in-residence.… After a series of composing feats at Harvard, including creating a string-orchestra piece in three days, word about his talents began to spread.”

Posted July 22, 2014