About Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, pianist, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. In recent seasons, his music has been performed by artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and commissioned by institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the Ojai Music Festival. Aucoin is a co-founder of the American Modern Opera Company. His book about opera, The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera, was published in 2021 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Ojai Music Festival

This summer, the Met Orchestra takes Aucoin’s new orchestral piece Heath (King Lear sketches) on tour to Europe, with upcoming stops in Paris, London, and Baden-Baden. Aucoin is currently at work on Music for New Bodies, a staged song cycle that he is creating in collaboration with the director Peter Sellars, and which will have its world premiere in Houston next April.