Robert Elhai

Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger

ROBERT ELHAI is a music composer and an orchestrator for over 130 film scores including Iron Man 3, Thor 2, the third, fourth, and fifth Fast and Furious movies, the third and fourth Batman movies, Across The Universe, The Sixth Sense, the first Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Oscar-winning score for Frida. His other projects include music for the Winesburg Trilogy Project (Untold Lies, Twisted Apples, and Answered Prayers) presented by Nautilus Music Theater at the Minnesota Fringe Festival successively in 2010, 2011, and 2012, C., a musical theatre adaption of Cyrano de Bergerac to be produced in the 2015-6 season at Theater Latte Da, as well as Persephone’s Sister, the final piece in Nautilus’ Ivey-Award–winning Sister Stories. 
As an orchestrator, he is the recipient of Tony and Drama Desk nominee for his work for the Broadway production of The Lion King. He has also done arrangements for Metallica’s Grammy Award-winning “S&M” (He also holds degrees from Yale University, Carleton College and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.) He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

AWARDS


• Ivey-Award for Sun Standing Still from Sister Stories (2009)

• Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest First Place for Understood Betsy (2009)

• Primetime Emmy Award for Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games (2002)

• Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production for the Iron Giant (1999)

• Grammy Award for "S&M" by Metallica (1999)

• Certificate of Achievement in Recognition of Orchestration for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996)


Awards for the Lion King Broadway Production, 1998

• Ivor Novello Award for orchestration

• Tony Award for best new musical

• Tony Award nominee in orchestration

• Drama Desk Award nominee in orchestration

• Grammy Award for best original cast album


Awards in collaboration with Elliot Goldenthal

• Pulitzer Prize in Music finalist for opera Grendel (2007)

• Emmy Award nomination for Great Performances: Dance in America – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (2004)

• ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for S.W.A.T. – Top Box Office Film Score (2004)

• World Soundtrack Award for Frida – Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (2003)

• World Soundtrack Award nomination for “Burn It Blue” from Frida – Best Original Song Written for a Film (2003)

• Academy Award for Frida – Best Original Score (2002)

• Academy Award nomination for “Burn It Blue” from Frida – Best Original Song (2002)

• Golden Globe Award for Frida – Best Original Score (2002)

• World Soundtrack Award nomination for “The Dream Within” from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within – Best Original Song Written for a Film (2002)

• CFCA Award nomination for The Butcher Boy – Best Original Score (1999)

• ASCAP Award for Batman & Robin – Top Box Office Film Score (1998)

• Chicago Film Critics Award nomination for The Butcher Boy – Best Original Score (1998)

• Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for The Butcher Boy – Best Original Score (1998)

• Tony Award nomination for Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass (Broadway Production) – Best Original Musical Score (1997)

• ASCAP Award for A Time To Kill – Top Box Office Film Score (1997)

• Grammy Award nomination for “Defile and Lament” from A Time To Kill (1997)

• Academy Award nomination for Michael Collins – Best Original Score (1996)

• Golden Globe Award Nomination for Michael Collins – Best Original Score (1996)

• ASCAP Award for Batman Forever – Top Box Office Film Score (1996)

• Grammy Award nomination for Batman Forever – Best Instrumental Composition (1995)

• ASCAP Award for Interview with the Vampire – Top Box Office Film Score (1995)

• Academy Award nomination for Interview with a Vampire – Best Original Score (1994)

• ASCAP Award for Demolition Man – Top Box Office Film Score (1994)

• Edinburgh Festival Critics Choice Award for Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass – Best Music (1990)

• American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award for Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass – Best Music (1990)

• Obie Award for Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass (Original Production) – Best Music (1988)