About Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, and pianist. He is Artist in Residence at Los Angeles Opera, and has worked as a composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Repertory Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Music Academy of the West. He is co-Artistic Director of the American Modern Opera Company.

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MacArthur Fellowship

Matthew Aucoin has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. Selected for his “extraordinary originality and dedication in his creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” the composer, conductor, writer, and pianist is a recipient of this year’s “genius grant.”

“When I look at past MacArthur fellows,” says Aucoin, “I’m struck not just by their brilliance but, in so many cases, by their humaneness and wisdom. Claudia Rankine, Peter Sellars, Claire Chase – these people are not just good at what they do; they are also good and wise human beings. I feel a deep responsibility to use this fellowship to help make the world a kinder, wiser place, and I’m honored to be granted this opportunity.”