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Elliot Goldenthal
Composer Elliot Goldenthal creates works for orchestra, theatre, opera, ballet and film. He has received two Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Interview With The Vampire (1996) and Michael Collins (1996); Grammy nominations for A Time To Kill (1996) and Batman Forever (1995); and three nominations for The Chicago Film Critics Award for Heat (1987), Michael Collins (1996) and The Butcher Boy (1998). In 1998, Goldenthal won the prestigious L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Original Score for his outstanding work on Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy. In 2003, Elliot Goldenthal received his third and fourth Academy Award Nominations, "Best Original Score" and "Best Original Song" (shared with director Julie Taymor), for Frida. Elliot then earned his first Academy Award when Frida won for "Best Original Song". Elliot's follow-up project is the summer action-thriller, S.W.A.T.

Goldenthal's large scale orchestral piece, Fire Water Paper, a Vietnam Oratorio commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, created for the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam War, was released in April of 1996 on Sony Classical Records, featuring soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The piece debuted at the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and was later performed with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center.

In 1988, Goldenthal was commissioned by ASCAP to compose a work in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday. The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra performed the piece, Shadow Play Scherzo, at Town Hall in New York City. Later that year, his work, Pastime Variations was commissioned by the Haydn-Mozart chamber Orchestra to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ebbets Field. It was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

For his original production with director Julie Taymor, Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, in 1988, he received an Obie Award. Based on the short story of Horacio Quiroga and the Requiem Mass, a new version of Juan Darién opened the season at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in 1996, winning rave reviews, as well as four Drama Desk and five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Goldenthal's other stage credits include the musical The Transposed Heads, based on Thomas Mann's novella, performed at Lincoln Center and the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia; The King Stag, at the American Repertory Theater; the musical, Liberty's Taken, produced at the Castle Hill Festival and his latest collaboration with Taymor, the acclaimed Broadway production of the Carlo Gozzi comic fable, The Green Bird, which originated at The Theatre For A New Audience in 1995 and was also staged at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1996. The cast album was released on the DRG label. Goldenthal has also composed incidental music for Shakespeare's The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus and A Midsummer's Night Dream.

For the concert stage, Goldenthal was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre to create a ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in May of 1997. Othello was co-produced by the ABT in partnership with the San Francisco Ballet and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and was choreographed by world-renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch. The spectacular production captured the epic emotion and sweeping drama of the great Shakespearean tragedy, with a cast that included ballet stars Desmond Richardson, formerly of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as well as Jose Manuel Carreno, Julie Kent, Susan Jaffe and Sandra Brown. This will be a new addition to the ABT repertory and was one of the most acclaimed events of the 1997 dance season.

Goldenthal, a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano, earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in musical composition at the Manhattan School of Music. He has written extensively for full orchestra, as well as chamber and vocal compositions and is published by G. Schirmer. His other awards include the Arturo Toscanini Award, the New Music for Young Ensembles composition prize, the Stephen Sondheim Award in Music Theater and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

His other film scores include Neil Jordan's In Dreams, Barry Levinson's Sphere, Batman & Robin, Alien 3, Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, Fool's Fire and Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, which was recorded on the Sony Classical label.

Goldenthal also scored the computer generated groundbreaking film, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within for Columbia Pictures. The film used photo-realistic CGI/motion-capture animation and is based on Hironobu Sakaguchi's popular Square Soft video games about a woman scientist who helps defend Earth against an alien invasion. His most recent score was for Miramax's Frida based on the life of the legendary painter, starring Salma Hayek (as Frida), Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd and Geoffrey Rush and directed by Julie Taymor. Goldenthal is also collaborating with Taymor on an opera of Grendel, based partly on the old English epic poem "Beowulf" and partly on John Gardiner's writings.

Awards and Nominations
  • (2002) Academy Award, Frida, Best Original Score
  • (2002) Academy Award Nomination, Frida, "Burn It Blue" - Best Original Song
  • (2002) Academy Award Nomination, Frida - Best Original Score
  • (2002) Golden Globe , Frida - Best Original Score
  • (1998) Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination, The Butcher Boy - Best Original Score
  • (1998) Los Angeles Film Critics Award, The Butcher Boy - Best Original Score
  • (1996) Academy Award Nomination, Michael Collins - Best Original Score
  • (1996) Grammy Nomination, "Defile and Lament" from A Time To Kill
  • (1996) Golden Globe Nomination, Michael Collins - Best Original Score
  • (1995) Grammy Nomination, Batman Forever
  • (1994) Academy Award Nomination, Interview With The Vampire - Original Score
  • (1994) Golden Globe Nomination, Interview With The Vampire - Original Score