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, 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, earning a BA in music and studying composition with Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek. He is currently pursuing a MM at Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Lund University, where he studies composition with Kent Olofsson, Hans Gefors, and Staffan Storm.
contact: ernstrom.emil [at] gmail.com