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Robbie Ellis

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1984

Biography

Robbie Ellis is a composer, music director, broadcaster, comedy songmaker, and other.

Born on Auckland’s North Shore, he studied Composition at the University of Auckland with Eve de Castro-Robinson, John Elmsly and John Coulter. He’s had works performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Saxcess, 175 East, the Jade String Quartet, Classical Revolution Chicago, and a host of other ensembles. He was the University of Otago Mozart Fellow in 2012, as well as the Auckland Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence.

Robbie is also a comedy songmaker: he has released an album, Pumpkins, on which he orchestrated his songs for members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He performs his songs from the piano in cabaret, sketch and stand-up comedy settings.

He presents and produces classical music radio. He got his start with RNZ Concert in Wellington and Auckland, winning two New Zealand Radio Awards for feature programmes about the NZSO. He now works for 98.7 WFMT in Chicago.

He’s also a music director for improv, sketch comedy and musical theatre: he’s written several original musicals, countless sketch shows, and played probably thousands of improv performances. He now lives in Chicago where he performs and teaches at a bunch of venues including the legendary Second City.

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Composed (57)

#llamadrama

for solo piano, 12m 30s


Alla Marcia Brady

for a whole bunch of wind & brass, 5m


Annie & Joshua

for two actor-singers and piano


Bacon Madrigal

for SATB quartet or choir, 3m


Banda Chiflada

for saxophone quartet, 4m


Beatrice

for cor anglais and chamber orchestra, 1m


Bike Lane

1m 15s


Cause I Couldn't Find a Tenor

for five-part male barbershop, 8m


Dry July

for voice and piano, 5m 30s


Drying Music

for piano, 30s


Fanfare 10

for orchestra, 5m


Fanfare of the Earth

for brass section, 5m


Fantasy for Bass Clarinet

one (1) solo piece that lasts two (2) ticks


Feral

for orchestra, 5m 30s


Flat White

for voice and piano, 2m 30s


Flttttt

for violin and cello, 30s


Fragments of Noir

for string quartet


General Intransigence

for orchestra, 6m


Ha!

for solo violin and shouty chorus, 3m


Ha!

for solo viola and shouty chorus, 3m


How Many Legs

for voice and piano, 1m 30s


Howler Monkey

for solo presenter, TTBB choir and hand drums, 4m


Huff

for saxophone quartet, 5m 30s


I am a Cat

for voice and piano, 3m 45s


In meinem letzten Leiden

for orchestra, 10m


It Doesn't Go Up

for clarinet quartet, 30s


Jane Austen Dance

for violin and piano, 1m 30s


Love is a Four-Letter Word

for voice and piano, 3m 45s


Maeve

for piano and tape, 5m 30s


Malört

for voice and piano, 4m 15s


Play Some Metallica

for musical performer(s) numbering between 1 and ∞ inclusive and some munter in the audience, 30s


Pumpkins

1m 30s


Relish in Immature Bombast

for organ, drum kit & orchestra, 12m


Root Vegetable Opera

recitativo ed aria grave for baritone and piano, 5m 30s


Root Vegetable Opera

for baritone and 20-piece orchestra, 5m 30s


Saying Grace

for SATB voices


Seven Banana Songs

for soprano and piano, 14m


Sheepdog Plainchant

for solo voice, 1m 30s


Ship Waltzes

for piano, 14m


Sonatina for alto saxophone and piano

for alto saxophone and piano, 9m


Sonatina for clarinet and piano

for clarinet and piano, 17m


Sonatina for violin and piano

for violin and piano, 8m


Sugar Crystal

for clarinet quintet, 11m


Symphony No 1 in Eb

for voice and piano, 4m


The Ancient Thracian God of 'Huh?'

for clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello and double bass, 8m


The Lover's Knot

for orchestra and actor, 11m


The Piano Tuner's Performance Appraisal

for eight hands/two pianos/four players/forty fingers


Three Sibilants

for E flat clarinet, 11m 30s


Tomorrow is a Feast Day

for SSA choir and piano, 3m 30s


Trolling the Tuba

for brass trio, 2m