'Elfman's music takes listeners by the hand and draws them deeper and deeper into a fairytale world… brimming over with joy and playful energy - but just as complex and smart.' Broadway World
Since 1985, composer Danny Elfman has set the tone for over 100 films with his instantly recognizable scores, garnered four Academy® Award nominations, collected two EMMY® Awards and one GRAMMY® Award, generated hundreds of millions of streams, and earned platinum and gold certifications. His credits range from his first score for Tim Burton’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure to Spider-Man, Silver Linings Playbook, Justice League, and Avengers - Age of Ultron as well as his Academy® Award-nominated work on Milk, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish, and Men in Black. Among dozens of critical highlights, Pitchfork cited his GRAMMY® Award-winning Batman score as one of “The 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time,” while Screen Rant named “Batman Theme” #2 among the “10 Best Superhero Theme Songs.” AFI nominated both Batman and Edward Scissorhands to “100 Years of Film Scores.” In addition to collaborations with visionary filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Brian DePalma, and David O’Russell, he continues a three-decade and 17-project partnership with Tim Burton to this day. He also notably provides the singing voice to one of the most iconic animated characters of all time—Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Plus, he penned the themes for television series such as The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. Collider christened him one of “The 23 Most Exciting Film Composers Working Today.”
 
The Los Angeles native co-founded new wave iconoclasts Oingo Boingo in 1979 and built a catalog of eight cult favorite albums. He’s the rare talent whose influence can be felt everywhere from the 2020 Democratic National Convention where he scored then-Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s biographical video to venues such as Carnegie Hall and Philharmonie de Paris where his first violin concerto Eleven-Eleven was performed.
 
Ever restless, Elfman began composing his first concert works for symphonies and orchestras in the early 2000s. Once again, he found himself feeling like an outsider (this time shunned by classical purists who viewed him as a pop culture interloper), and once again, he used that doubt to fuel his remarkable success. In 2005, he premiered his first original classical work, Serenada Schizophrana, at Carnegie Hall; in 2008, his compositions for Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue ballet made their world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center; and in the past few years alone, he’s taken on commissions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
 
This spring, Elfman will premiere not one, but two highly-anticipated new concertos. Kicking off in Vienna, Austria with the worldwide debut of his new Cello Concerto, he will next present the worldwide premiere of his Percussion Concerto in London this March followed by the North American premiere in Southern California in April. 
 
In 2020, he served up his first solo single and video since 1984 entitled “Happy.” In the months that followed, he debuted a series of dynamic singles and aesthetically groundbreaking videos, ultimately culminating with the release of Big Mess in June 2021, his first solo record in thirty-seven years. LA Times called the album, “a fiercely political work filled with bombastic peaks and strikingly meditative valleys.” Underpinned by an industrial maelstrom, wall of distortion, analog synths, searing guitars and orchestra, he makes a statement with an album that speaks to the times, while transcending them altogether—like everything Elfman does.
 
March 2022

Wunderkammer

Royal Albert Hall (London, United Kingdom)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Andrew Gourlay

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Cello Concerto

Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Gautier Capuçon , San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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Cello Concerto

Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Gautier Capuçon , San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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Cello Concerto

Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Gautier Capuçon , San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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