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.




• Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (additional arrangements) 2011

• The Lion King (Orchestrations and Incidental/Dance Music arrangements) 1997


Dirty Business, History Theatre (2019)

Jump!, (arrangements and music supervisor), Glo with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2019)

Lord Gordon Gordon (arrangements and orchestrations), History Theatre (2018)

Home for the Holidays (arrangements and additional music), Minnesota Orchestra 2017-present

The Lady With A Lapdog, Fortune's Fool Theater (2017)

Sweet Land (arrangements and orchestrations), History Theatre (2017)

Twisted Apples: Stories From Winesburg, Ohio, Nautilus Music Theater, 2017

The New Standards with the Minnesota Orchestra (orchestrations), 2016

A Night in Olympus (arrangements and orchestrations) Illusion Theater, 2016

• C., Theater Latté Da (2016)

• Glensheen (arrangements and orchestrations), History Theater, 2015

• Opinions and Facts: Warren G. Harding and American History from 44 Presidents, Nautilus Music Theater (2012)

• Winesburg Trilogy Project, Minnesota Fringe Festival (2010-2012)

I. Answered Prayers

II. Untold Lies

III. Twisted Apples

Persephone's Sister  from Sister Stories, Nautilus Music Theater (2009)

• Four Directions from 365 Days/365 Plays, Nautilus Music Theater (2009)

• Understood Betsy, Actor's Playhouse (2007), Innovative Stages Staged Reading Series (2005), in collaboration with Mary Feinsinger

Sense and Nonsense, Portland and L.A. (1994), Holland and Germany (1993), Theater Stalhouderij, Amsterdam (1992), The Duplex, New York (1990)   

• Have You Tried the Dip?, Nat Horne Theater (1992) contrib.

Agamemnon, Columbia University (1989)

• Skins of the Money Drum, Yale University (1986)

• Blue Mass, Yale University (1985)

• 1984 Minus Three, Newman Center, Minneapolis (1981)


Dirty Business: A Spy Musical, History Theater (2018)

• C., Theater Latté Da (2013)

• Sunrise Over Graceland, Nautilus Music Theater (2007)

• Asleep on the Wind, BMI (1992)

• Skins of the Money Drum, Phoenix Theater Ensemble (1991); New York University (1989)

Concert Works:

• Nathander (2011) for string orchestra

• Trio for Brass (1994) for trumpet, horn, and trombone

• Water Awakening (1993) for trombone and piano

• Days of Joy, Season of Gladness (1992) for mandolin, marimba, and piano

• The Matador with Teeth of Gold (1990) for flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, horn,

two trombones, tuba, and percussion

• Canción de Libertad (1989) for flute, two clarinets, horn, cornet, two trombones,

tuba, and percussion

• Song Cycle (1987) for male singer and piano

• Sinfonie Internationale (1987) for orchestra

• Rue Morgue Inductions (1986) for narrator and four trombones, text by Edgar Allan Poe

• Three Movements for Viola and Harpsichord (1986)

• Life and the Man (1986) for string quartet

• Bagatelles (1985) for flute, clarinet, trumpet, cello, and bass

• Symphony (1983) for orchestra

• Sonata (1983) for violin and piano

• Four Duets (1983) for flute, oboe, clarinet, and viola

• The River Song (1983) for voice and piano

• Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (1982) for baritone and viola, text by William Shakespeare

• Musseruitch Concerto (1982) for orchestra

• Woyzeck Suite (1982) for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone,

percussion, violin, and cello

• Untitled (1982) for flute and percussion

• Three Songs on Poems by E. E. Cummings (1981) for tenor and piano

• For Susan (1981) for alto flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello

• The Land is Barren (1981) for choir, text by Antonio Machado

• Quintet (1981) for woodwind quintet

• Psalm 148 (1980) for choir

Quintet for Modern Dance (1980) for woodwind quintet

• Prelude for Organ (1979)

• As Long As You're Here Tomorrow (1979) for voice and piano, lyrics by John Elhai

• String Quartet in C# Minor (1978)

• Nocturne in Gb Major (1977) for piano

• Night of Love (1976) for choir

• Tarantella (1976) for cello and piano

• Camp Swig Blues (1973) for voice and piano, lyrics by John Elhai

Other Theater and Media:

• Entitled, original score, short student film (2008)

• Eliance Main Theme, jingle for Eliance (2004)

Circle Rep Lab, incidental music, evening of One-Acts (1989)

• The Life of Galileo, incidental music, Yale Rep (1989)

• Jingle for Beazley Realty, New Haven (1987)

• Suicidal Romance, incidental music, Yale University (1986)

• The Girl of the Golden West, incidental music, the Ensemble Company (1985)

• Woyzeck, incidental music (1981)

• School For Scandal, incidental music (1980)

The Hostage, incidental music (1980)

• I Am Woman, incidental music (1979)