Eric Malmquist (b. 1985) lives, performs, and composes in Chicago, Illinois. His music draws equally from both modern styles, especially minimalism and postmodernism, and the influence of historical themes and early music.
His song cycle If You Travel Far Enough was the very first commission of the International Chamber Artists, and was featured on Live from WFMT in March 2015. 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, once again including a performance on Live from WFMT, with a fourth commissioned work to be premiered in May 2015.
His music has been performed by the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the Austin Film Society, and in New York at the Anthology Film Archives, on the Phoenix Concerts, and by the Washington Square Winds at Spectrum. Other Chicago ensembles that have performed his work include the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, 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”.