Medfield’s Matthew Aucoin wins Chicago Symphony apprenticeship

Matthew Aucoin conducting at the Peabody Essex Museum, where he is composer in residence, in May. (Photo: Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe)
Matthew Aucoin conducting at the Peabody Essex Museum, where he is composer in residence, in May. (Photo: Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe)

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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, all under the age of 35, 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.

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