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Anders Eljas

Original Orchestrations and Arrangements

Anders Eljas is a conductor, arranger, composer and musician and was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he studied piano and violin.

Currently for ENO: Chess


Career Highlights

Anders started his career by touring with ABBA on all their world tours – Australia and Europe in 1977, USA, Canada and Europe in 1979, and Japan in 1980. At the beginning of the 1980s Anders Eljas orchestrated the music for the musical Chess (by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice) and he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in the gramophone recording and during their tour in Europe in 1984 as well. In 1987 he wrote the music for the screen version of ‘Mio min Mio’ by Astrid Lindgren in collaboration with Benny Andersson.

During the 1990s Anders was the conductor and musical director of several musicals and shows in Sweden and in 1995 he made the orchestrations for the musical Kristina från Duvemåla (by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus). He was also the musical director of the stagings of Kristina från Duvemåla in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. In the spring of 2002 Chess in Swedish had its première in Stockholm and also this time Anders was the conductor and the musical director during the three seasons that the musical was played. Anders has devoted himself more and more to conducting and he has appeared with almost every prominent symphony orchestra in Scandinavia. In 2009 Anders was musical director for Mamma Mia! in Oslo and in 2010 he orchestrated Benny Andersson’s piece ‘Vilar glad. I din famn’, which was performed at the Swedish Royal Wedding in Storkyrkan on 19 June.

Last updated: 5th April 2018