ABOUT ROBERT ELHAI
ROBERT ELHAI is an award wining composer, orchestrator, and arranger. His most recent theater projects include the scores to Dirty Business, an epic musical about 4 women who were vital yet unknown contributors to the allied victory in WWI, book and lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge, presented by The History Theatre in 2019; Little Women, an exciting new play by Kate Hamill and based on the famous novel, presented by The Jungle Theater in 2018; Twisted Apples, a music theater trilogy based on stories from Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," book and lyrics by Jim Payne, presented by Nautilus Music Theater in 2017; The Lady With A Lapdog, a music theater adaptation of the Anton Chekhov short story, book and lyrics by Daniel Pinkerton, presented by Fortune’s Fool Theater in 2017; and C., a new musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, book and lyrics by Bradley Greenwald, presented by Theater Latté Da in 2016.
Other work includes Home For The Holidays with Kevin Kling and the Minnesota Orchestra; Persephone's Sister, the final piece in Nautilus' Ivey-Award-winning Sister Stories; and Blue Mass and Skins Of The Money Drum, both presented at the Yale School of Drama.
As a theater orchestrator/arranger,, he is the recipient of Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his work on the Broadway production of The Lion King. He also arranged the music for Glensheen and Lord Gordon Gordon at The History Theater and A Night In Olympus at The Illusion Theater, all written by Jeff Hatcher and Chan Poling, as well as The History Theater's spring 2017 production of Sweet Land The Musical.
He has contributed orchestrations to over 150 film scores including those for Frida by Elliot Goldenthal (winner of the Academy Award for best music) as well as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Crazy Rich Asians, and five of the Fast and Furious movies by Brian Tyler. Also listed on his ImDB page: three Alien movies, two Batman movies, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Other arranging work includes adapting the music of Stephen Paulus for the world premiere of Jump with 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 in music composition from Yale University where he studied with composers Martin Bresnick and Jacob Druckman, a master's degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in music from Carleton College. He grew up in Southern California, lived in New York for 7 years, and currently lives in Minneapolis.
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