Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, composer Emil Ernström grew up in Sweden, Hungary, and the United States and his work draws from a variety of influences. Traversing electronic music, sampled sounds, and traditional instruments, Emil’s music frequently explores the contrast between immersive textures and rhythmic structures through minimalist procedures and unconventional sound worlds. His music has been performed by Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Sō Percussion, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Icarus Duo, among other ensembles. Awards include the Yale University Beekman Cannon Friends of Music Prize, SWEA San Francisco Scholarship, Yawkey Community Service Fellowship and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Besides concert music, Emil’s music often interacts with 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. In 2019 his music theater piece Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights was performed at Yale University, based on a text by Gertrude Stein and in collaboration with director Jack McAuliffe and production/lighting designer Ryan Seffinger. This past summer he worked with the LA-based Echo Park Film Center on Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program, leading New Haven students through the process of scoring and improvising music for their film exhibition, The Sounds We See: A New Haven City Symphony.
Emil graduated from Yale College with a BA in music, and studied composition with Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek. He is currently pursuing a MM at the Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, where he studies composition with Kent Olofsson, Hans Gefors, and Staffan Storm.
contact: ernstrom.emil [at] gmail.com