A passionate advocate for American and contemporary music, Dr. Matthew Aubin has conducted and performed internationally from Benaroya Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Musikverein and many stops in between. In his role as Co-Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, he has worked to expand the symphony’s prestige and recognition. Dr. Aubin has played a principal role in the initiation and development of The Chelsea Symphony’s competition for emerging New York area composers. The Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and music director of the All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, will reprise his adjudication role for this year’s competition. Dr. Aubin has conducted TCS in their Lincoln Center Debut and conducted the New York City premieres of works by Mark O’Connor, Gerard Schwarz, and Caroline Shaw, among others. During his time as Co-Artistic Director, TCS has also featured many celebrities as narrators for their annual holiday concert. Additionally, Dr. Aubin serves as a consultant for the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, now in its third season.
Dr. Aubin is the foremost scholar on the French composer Fernande Breilh Decruck. He has earned multiple research grants to study her significant life, edit and create critical editions of her work, and is working to promote Decruck’s newly discovered lost music. He has collaborated with several TCS musicians to organize performances of Decruck’s music in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Aubin continues to be active as a freelance horn player, and regularly performs in New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and Washington. He has served on the faculties of Washington State University and The Hartt School. After a national search yielded nearly 100 applicants, he was chosen from a list of six finalists as Music Director Designate of the Jackson (MI) Symphony Orchestra and transitioned into the role of Music Director in 2017 as he maintains his role with TCS.