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Emil Ernström is a composer and sound designer, originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Combining electronic music, sampled sounds, and acoustic sources, Emil’s music frequently explores aural sensations of space and immersion, usually in collaboration with text, movement, light, and other performance elements. His music has been performed by Sō Percussion, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and Music from Copland House, Icarus Duo, Albatross Duo, among other ensembles. Awards include the Yale University Abraham Beekman Cox Prize awarded to the “most promising and gifted composer in the Junior Class,” recognition from the National Young Composers Challenge, First Place in the Frost Composition Competition, and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel fellowship from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Besides concert music, Emil also creates music and sound design for theater, dance, installation and film and his work has been heard at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Houston Next International Film Festival, and the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. He is a proud member of the Yale Dramatic Association and former President of the New Music Cooperative, an organization dedicated to premiering undergraduate music.

Emil is a senior at Yale College, where he studies composition with Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek.