Elvira Hoyos Malagon


Photos by Matt Dine

What made you decide to become a musician? Was there a particular performance or person that influenced your decision?

My decision to be a musician began at a very young age. My father was a double bassist, but he also knew how to play the violin, accordion, and piano. When I was five years old my dad gave me a violin. I didn’t like it very much because my older sister, Laura, and my twin, Ángeles, also played violin. I was always on par with Ángeles (she is now a violinist in TÕN). She studied violin a lot but I felt that the violin did not suit my personality. She got way ahead of me and I was jealous.

Then my dad started exploring with me by giving me a flute and a guitar, but I didn’t feel comfortable with these instruments either. Every night I watched a program with my dad called “El conciertazo” and I told him that I liked that big instrument (the cello)! 

Finally, when I was seven years old, after coming home from school, my dad had a cello for me. I didn’t know it at the time, but I found my safe place forever.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I found out about TÕN through the Filarmonica Joven of Colombia and my sister Ángeles, who is also in TÕN.

Do you have a favorite non-classical musician or band?

Silvana Estrada

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Without thinking twice, I would be a visual artist. I love drawing and painting! Drawing is another of my highest forms of expression.