ABOUT ROBERT ELHAI
ROBERT ELHAI is an award wining composer, orchestrator, and arranger. As a composer his projects include Twisted Apples, a music theater trilogy based on stories from Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" presented by Nautilus Music Theater in 2017, The Lady with a Lapdog, a music theater adaptation of the Anton Chekhov short story, C., a music theatre adaption of Cyrano de Bergerac presented in the spring of 2016 by Theater Latté Da; Persephone's Sister, the final piece in Nautilus' Ivey-Award-winning Sister Stories, and many other pieces with Nautilus and others.
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 also arranged the music for Glensheen at The History Theater and A Night In Olympus at The Illusion Theater, both by Jeff Hatcher and Chan Poling, as well as The History Theater's spring 2017 production of Sweet Land The Musical. He has also contributed orchestrations to over 150 film scores including the Oscar-winning score for Frida, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, five Fast and Furious movies, three Alien movies, two Batman movies, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean. Other arranging work includes the arrangement for Metallica’s Grammy Award-winning "The Call of Ktulu" from their album “S&M” as well as orchestral arrangements for The New Standards with the Minnesota Orchestra and The Who with the Julliard Symphony. He has often collaborated with film composers Elliot Goldenthal, Brian Tyler, Michael Kamen, Klaus Badelt, Ilan Eshkeri, Edward Shearmur, James Newton Howard, as well as many others, and has been involved in projects that have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards as well as many other honors. He holds a doctorate from Yale University where he studied with composers Martin Bresnick and Jacob Druckman, as well as a master's degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and and a bachelor's degree from Carleton College. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.