G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers, part of the Music Sales Group, are pleased to announce the signing of composer/conductor/pianist Matthew Aucoin to an exclusive publishing agreement. Aucoin joins the company’s international roster of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Grawemeyer, and Pulitzer prize-winning composers.
After the signing, Aucoin said, “It’s a privilege to entrust the publication of my music to the passionate and committed team at Schirmer/AMP. I’m struck equally by this team’s love for music, their willingness to embrace new music, and their dedication to finding new ways to spread good music throughout the world. I’m proud to be aboard.”
“Matthew has already, at age 25, established himself as a significant and singular voice in the future of American music, and it is with much enthusiasm that we welcome him to our roster of prestigious composers,” said G. Schirmer/Music Sales President, Robert Thompson.
Born in Boston, MA in 1990, Matthew Aucoin is a 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude). Aucoin went on to study composition with Robert Beaser at Juilliard, where he received a graduate diploma. He is currently the Composer-in-Residence at the Peabody Essex Museum; he served as the Solti Conducting Apprentice of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he made his conducting debut in February 2015.
Aucoin has been commissioned to compose for the new works program of the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the American Repertory Theater among a growing list of patrons. Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, directed by Diane Paulus, premiered at the American Repertory Theater in May 2015. Second Nature, an opera for young people, was commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and premiered in August 2015.
In the coming season, Aucoin’s new song cycle, based on the poetry of James Merrill and co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall, London, premieres in a U.S. tour featuring tenor Paul Appleby and pianist Ken Noda. Aucoin conducts the premiere of his new orchestral work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra before conducting his opera Second Nature at Music Academy of the West. Violinist Jennifer Koh will premiere Aucoin’s new violin étude at the New York Philharmonic Biennale and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Performers of Aucoin’s orchestral and chamber works include the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Benjamin Hochman, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the Gramercy Trio, violinist Keir GoGwilt, and pianist George Fu.
As a conductor, Aucoin has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rome Opera Orchestra, and Juilliard Opera, among others. This season, he will make debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Music Academy of the West (The Bartered Bride and his own Second Nature); the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy (Le Nozze di Figaro); and will return to the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
An accomplished poet, critic, and essayist, Aucoin’s writings have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Yale Review, The Harvard Advocate, The Colorado Review, and Plain China; his advisor at Harvard was the poet Jorie Graham. He has served as guest lecturer on music and literature at the New York Shakespeare Society and New York University’s Casa Italiana, and has hosted classical music radio programs for New York’s WQXR.