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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Hearing the Future

In January 2019, Matthew Aucoin curates the Hearing the Future festival at the San Diego Symphony, cultivating a program that “explores and celebrates the power of music and art to give voice to the evolution and revolutions in the world at large. The festival, held from January 9-27, will “shine a spotlight on the music being made today and explore the way music from the past – from Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz to the creators of African-American spirituals – engaged with the most urgent issues of their time.

On January 9, Aucoin joins Rafael Payare, Gerard McBurney, and artists and musicians from the San Diego Symphony and American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) for “Building the Future: A Conversation About Art and Art-Making,” a discussion of the festival and of creators in today’s artistic space.

Aucoin performs on piano with musicians from the symphony and violinist Keir GoGwilt (Jan 15), for “A Brief History of ‘New Music’ with Matthew Aucoin.” The evening hears Aucoin’s own violin sonata, in addition to works by Haydn, Schoenberg, and John Adams.

January 24, 25 & 27 hear the concert versions of some of Aucoin’s own curated playlists. With Rush Hour 2.0 and Matt’s Playlist, Aucoin interweaves sounds and time through the shuffling of selected shorter works across eras.

The festival also sees collaborations with other museums, theaters, dance companies, and venues across the city of San Diego.