15 17 Oct '24

Elliot Goldenthal

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WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member

Goldenthal received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his score for Frida and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his music for Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins.

Also notable among his more than 30 film scores are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Heat, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy for which he received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music, Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill and Batman Forever, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Across the Universe, Titus and the upcoming The Glorias which premiered at Sundance in January 2020.

He was also Oscar nominated for the original song “Burn It Blue” from Frida with music by Goldenthal and lyrics by Julie Taymor. He has received three Grammy Award nominations (Across the Universe – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, A Time to Kill - Best Instrumental Composition and Batman Forever – Best Instrumental Composition) and is an Emmy nominee (Great Performances: Dance in America for “Lar Lubovitch’s ‘Othello’”).

Most recently, Goldenthal composed the symphonic adagio, October Light for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra which premiered in December 2019. In addition, his Concerto for Trumpet and Strings premiered in 2017 by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. His Symphony in G# Minor had its European premiere and tour in 2017 conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

Goldenthal has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions including Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass which received five Tony nominations including Best Musical, and Original Musical Score for Goldenthal, as well as an Obie Award Off-Broadway for Goldenthal, and four Drama Desk nominations. His other theatrical credits include The Transposed Heads, The Green Bird, The King Stag, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grounded, and Broadway’s M Butterfly.

Goldenthal’s original opera Grendel, premiered at the LA Opera and had its east coast debut as the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival. Goldenthal was named one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on Grendel.

Goldenthal’s large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. It was released in 1996 on Sony Classical Records and featured soloist Yo-Yo Ma. Goldenthal was also commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre to compose a ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera.


  • Soundtrack Composer of the Year 2003: Elliot Goldenthal (Frida)
  • Best Original Soundtrack of the Year 2003: Frida (by Elliot Goldenthal)

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