The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has named Erik Malmquist to the post of Executive Director effective May 15th. Erik has been the ESO’s Director of Artistic Planning and Operations since January 2020. 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, managing a roster of some of today’s most prominent operatic talents, and general manager of Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity on New York’s Upper West Side.
“As a native of the Fox Valley, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra was a larger than life presence in my musical upbringing. I am both excited and humbled to return and be a part of its future.” Erik began his musical studies at the age of three with Lamar Blum in Elgin. 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.
Says board chairman Andre Fiebig, “After recently celebrating our 70th Anniversary, the ESO is excited to be entering into a new era with an energized team of leaders. The appointment of Erik as Executive Director will ensure the continued success of this cultural institution in Elgin and the surrounding communities. We are fortunate that Erik has agreed to assume the leadership.”