BMI is proud to congratulate composer Matthew Aucoin whose creative potential has just earned him a MacArthur Fellowship. Aucoin, who is this year’s only composer fellow, is currently artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Opera and co-artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company. His compositions have been performed at such national and international venues as Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Landestheater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has also conducted his and others’ works at the Los Angeles Opera, the American Repertory Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Opera, and has served as the Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The mission of the MacArthur Foundation is to work in diverse fields, from the arts and sciences to public health and civil liberties, to solve long-standing scientific and mathematical problems, push art forms into new and emerging territories, and address the urgent needs of under-resourced communities. The Foundation determined Aucoin’s work to be a perfect fit with this mission, as he expands the potential of vocal and orchestral music to convey emotional, dramatic and literary meaning. Congratulations, Matthew, on this highly deserved honor!