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Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin was the museum’s Composer–in–Residence from 2013-2017. Aucoin presented thematic musical happenings unique to PEM that broke through the confines of classical staging and lighting techniques and traditional interpretations of music and performance. 

Combining his original compositions and his reimagining of a wide swath of contemporary classical music, he collaborated with visual, literary, and musical artists to design experiences to bring audiences much closer to the emotion and performative power of creativity.

About Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990) is a composer, conductor, poet, and pianist. A 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), he also earned a graduate diploma in composition while studying with Robert Beaser at Juilliard School of Music. He is the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera's team of assistant conductors, while also serving in various conducting roles for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Opera, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Rome Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2015 Aucoin premiered two new operas,Crossing with the American Repertory Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus, and an opera for young people with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

PEM's Present Tense Initiative advances innovative presentations and interpretations of visual art as well as a wider range of contemporary artistic expression, including music, literature and contemporary thought. As part of the Present Tense Initiative, PEM's Composer–in–Residence program features rising talents and adventuresome performances of contemporary classical music, inspired by the museum's environment and collection.

Eunice and Jay Panetta and the Robert N. Shapiro Fund for Innovation provided generous support. Also made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative: Terry and Dick Albright, Dick and Deborah Carlson, Susan and Appy Chandler and Fay Chandler.

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