Feb. 23, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s New Music Café will feature the works of alumnus Eric Malmquist and Stockholm-based composer Matthew Peterson. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. March 10 in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
A 2007 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan with a degree in music composition, Malmquist is a Chicago-based composer. His work draws equally from modern styles, especially minimalism and post-modernism, and the influence of historical themes and early music.
His song cycle If You Travel Far Enough was the first commission of the International Chamber Artists. Gaudete Brass premiered his Three Preludes and Michael Hall premiered his Sonata for Viola and Piano in 2014. The Wicker Park Choral Singers have performed three of his works. After earning his degree at IWU, Malmquist went on to receive a master’s degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, housed at Roosevelt University.
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Peterson moved to Sweden in 2008. A freelance composer based in Stockholm, Peterson’s works cover a wide range, from orchestral soundscapes to a chamber opera based on Wisconsin court cases.
He has been awarded the Fulbright Grant to Sweden, grand prize in the 2014 Uppsala tonsättartävling, the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Award, 2015 Minnesota Orchestra composer institute, two BMI student composer awards, and other honors and recognitions. Peterson holds degrees from the Gotland School of Music Composition, Indiana University School of Music and St. Olaf College.
The New Music Café concert series is part of the School of Music’s New Music Series and is directed by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition David Vayo.
By Emily Phelps ’19