Matthew Aucoin gets Chicago apprenticeship

Medfield native Matthew Aucoin, a versatile rising star on the classical music scene, has been awarded the Second International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Aucoin, 23, was chosen for the prestigious two-year training program from among 119 conductors from 29 different countries.

A jury led by Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, selected Aucoin for his demonstration of “musical and technical qualities, not only in conducting symphonic repertoire with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, but also in preparing from the piano a singer in opera arias,” according to a statement from the symphony.


“What this really entails is a chance to work as a young conductor with some of the wisest and most experienced conductors in the field, including Muti, and to study their rehearsals, to prepare to do some more active work if necessary,” Aucoin said in a phone interview from New York.

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The apprenticeship will include at least four weeks per year in Chicago, studying with Muti and conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez.

Aucoin, who is the son of Globe theater critic Don Aucoin, will begin his apprenticeship in the fall, when he is also scheduled to serve as cover conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for Shostakovich’s “The Nose.” He will also conduct a workshop of his new opera for the American Repertory Theater, slated to premiere in the 2014-15 season