BMI is proud to welcome composer, conductor and pianist Matthew Aucoin, one of the most sought-after new talents in the world of classical music and opera, to the BMI family. Aucoin, whose music pleasingly intertwines elements of jazz and other complex rhythms, and whose melodic lines have captured the hearts of vocalists, is also becoming a renowned conductor and in the fall of 2016, will be Artist-in-Resident at Los Angeles Opera, a position that was created specifically for him and which fuses all of his extensive musical skills. Along with this prestigious accomplishment, Aucoin is the first Composer-in-Residence at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and has made conducting debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Opera Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (a special event featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma) and Juilliard Opera. He has also conducted the premieres of two of his operas: Crossing at Boston’s American Repertory Theater and Second Nature, a chamber opera for the young, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is currently at work on a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works program.
At the age of 6, Aucoin started piano lessons; now at 26, his orchestral and chamber compositions are performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, while his operatic works and piano concertos are also appreciated globally. BMI looks forward to watching the journey of this extraordinary musician, who has been compared to Mozart, Wagner and Bernstein, as he comes into his own. Welcome, Matthew!