Eric Malmquist (b. 1985) lives, performs, and composes in Chicago, Illinois. His music draws equally from both modern styles, especially minimalism and post-modernism, and the influence of historical themes and early music. Eric has written for many local and national ensembles. His song cycle If You Travel Far Enough was the very first commission of the International Chamber Artists. Gaudete Brass premiered his Three Preludes in 2013, and Michael Hall premiered his Sonata for Viola and Piano in 2014. The Chicago Composers Orchestra has commissioned and premiered two works. The Newberry Consort commissioned him to write a work for soprano Ellen Hargis and violas-de-gamba, which was featured on Live from WFMT. The Wicker Park Choral Singers have performed three of his works, including on 98.7 WFMT, with a fourth commissioned work to be premiered in the spring. His music has been performed by the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the Austin Film Society, and at the Anthology Film Archives and at Spectrum and on the Phoenix Concerts in New York. Other Chicago ensembles that have performed his work include the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Q Ensemble, the Logan Chamber Players, Windswept, Access Contemporary Music, and VOX 3. His songs have been recorded by VOX 3 on the disc “New Song”.
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“Benediction” from Piano Sonata, performed by Luke Gullickson