Elgin Symphony names Erik Malmquist as executive director

Posted on: June 1, 2020

“The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has chosen Erik Malmquist to be its new executive director,” reads an unsigned Thursday (5/28) article in the Elgin Courier-News (IL). “Malmquist, an Elgin-area native, was hired in January to be the ESO’s director of artistic planning and operations. Prior to joining the ESO, he spent six years as artist manager and director of operations at Zemsky Green Artists Management in New York City, and had been general manager of Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity on New York’s Upper West Side…. ‘As a native of the Fox Valley [in northern Illinois], the Elgin Symphony Orchestra was a larger-than-life presence in my musical upbringing,’ Malmquist said in a news release. ‘I am both excited and humbled to return and be a part of its future.’ … He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his master’s degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. ‘After recently celebrating our 70th anniversary, the ESO is excited to be entering into a new era with an energized team of leaders,’ board chairman Andre Fiebig said.”