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At 22, Matthew Aucoin is a composer with composure

In theory, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master an endeavor. If that’s so, at the tender age of 22, Matthew Aucoin appears to have spent every waking minute honing his craft as a composer and conductor.

Having worked alongside the highly regarded British composer Thomas Ades as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the 2012 summa cum laude Harvard graduate has packed a wealth of experience under his 28-inch belt. For the past two summers, he served as assistant conductor at Italy’s Spoleto Festival. He has studied at Tanglewood Music Center, the Rome Opera, and the Juilliard School. An accomplished poet, he worked with Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham to curate Harvard’s 375th anniversary poetry celebration in 2012. As a teenager he won an award for solo piano performance at the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival at Lincoln Center.

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