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Cliff Eidelman: Bio

Fall of 2018 Cliff Eidelman's Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos will be released November 2018, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eidelman. Also planned for release in January 2019 is Night in the Gallery inspired by great paintings from the Louvre and other galleries around the world. 2017 releases include The Ancient World  (EP), and Into the Unknown (EP). 

Eidelman's breakthrough came with his score Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), a stylish and powerful score that elicited a great deal of attention and acclaim. Star Trek VI continues to not only be a favorite among fans but is rated in the top 30 best film scores on "Filmtracks.com" which has a viewer rating of 1,500 film scores spanning several decades. By the age of 24, Eidelman had composed a number of epic symphonic scores including the powerful Holocaust drama Triumph of the Spirit (1989) and Christopher Columbus (1992). Eidelman first ventured into comedy with back-to-back films Crazy People (1990) and Delirious (1990). Later he explored different approaches, often using a pared down orchestra, chamber orchestra, or a few chosen instruments to capture the intricacies of such character driven films as: Untamed Heart (1992), Leap of Faith (1992), A Simple Twist of Fate (1994), Now and Then (1995), the highest rated HBO film If These Walls Could Talk (1996), One True Thing (1998), Witness Protection (1999), An American Rhapsody (2001), the IMAX film Ocean Men (2001), Harrison's Flowers (2001), Sexual Life (2004), The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005), Open Window (2006), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Big Miracle (2012) which is Eidelman's fifth collaboration with director Ken Kwapis.

Other works include a symphonic tone poem The Tempest, which was recorded by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of Eidelman and Wedding In The Night Garden, originally orchestrated for strings and mezzo-soprano. Eidelman later developed a second version for strings, choir and mezzo-soprano which was performed in 2002 by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It was so well received that conductor Grant Gershon requested repeat performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in their 2005 season.

My Muse is a collection of 10 songs Eidelman wrote over the course of a decade. The music and lyrics are written and performed by Eidelman.

Eidelman broke into film scoring at the age of 22 when a performance recording of one of the two concert music commissions, the ballet Once Upon a Ruler and Celebration Symphony Overture he composed at Santa Monica City College reached director Monica Teuber. She was so impressed that she asked him to write some music based on the reading of her script. Eidelman composed eleven pieces and recorded the music at his home studio while still a student of music composition at the University of Southern California. Teuber hired him to write his first film score, Magdalene (1988), which starred Nastassja Kinski. The young composer took full advantage of this opportunity, launching his career with a huge 75 minute score. At only 22 years of age, Eidelman conducted the Munich Symphony using a 110 piece orchestra, 60 piece choir and 30 piece children's choir.

When director Richard Pearce heard the Magdalene score playing one morning on KCRW, he had his producers call Eidelman, that afternoon, to offer him the HBO film Dead Man Out (1988) which earned him a nomination for an Ace award.

Within a year of completing his first film score he was approached by director Robert Young to score his epic drama of WWII, Triumph of the Spirit. It was 1989 and Eidelman was just 24. The score was impressive and deeply moving, dramatically capturing the story of survival against all odds in a German concentration camp. So much so that it has caught the attention of many conductors since its composition and been performed by numerous orchestras. Eidelman created a suite from the score that was performed in June 2003 by The Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Grant Gershon for their final concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion prior to moving to Disney Hall. Soon after the release of the film Triumph of the Spirit, legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith took a real interest in Eidelman's career. In an interview in 1999, he commented "Cliff Eidelman is a great talent with amazing potential."

One of the few Los Angeles-born composers, Cliff Eidelman (born 1964) began his formal musical training at the age of 8, studying the violin. A few years later he switched to guitar as his main instrument and began performing and writing songs for his band, playing at local Los Angeles clubs before age 14. He studied Jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology before attending college and formally studying composition and conducting.

Although he is known foremost as a composer, Eidelman has conducted all of his film scores. He has conducted The Metropolitan Orchestra of London, The Munich Symphony and Chorus, Unione Musicisti Di Roma and Chorus, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra and many first call pick up orchestras for his film scores. The recognition he garnered prompted Varese Sarabande Records to pursue Eidelman for conducting projects. On two recordings, he conducted works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Walton, Rozsa and Rota.

As one of the youngest composers to score a feature film, Eidelman has amassed an impressive body of work from film to the concert hall. He has created symphonic scores, musically captured the epic proportions of faith and despair, the whimsies of comic entertainment, and the intimacies of the human heart with a lone guitar, a one hundred piece orchestra, a solo piano and every formation in-between. Experience has given him an ease and maturity that allows his creativity to find the musical heart and vocabulary of intimate and epic films, as well as concert pieces and songs. Cliff Eidelman soars while exploring the subtle nuances and bold expanses of his musical gifts. 

Cliff Eidelman

Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos

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1 Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos - Movement I
2 Cadenza Prelude - Movement II
3 Cadenza Prelude - Movement III
Trailer: Sym For Orch and Two Pianos with LSO
Cliff Eidelman Conducts Triumph of the Spirit

Enotes Music is proud to announce the release of a major work by composer Cliff Eidelman: Symphony for Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster.

Eidelman is well known as a composer of music for film including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Christopher Columbus.  The composer has also had a concurrent path in the fields of concert music, ballet, choral music, and songs. From works like the tone poem The Tempest, to the vocal work Wedding in the Night Garden, to his song album My Muse.

In approaching the ideal circumstances in which to record his new work, Eidelman had no hesitation in selecting the London Symphony Orchestra for its virtuosity and the openness of its music making from recording Mahler Symphony cycles to working on major films from Harry Potter to Star Wars. Inasmuch, the LSO provided the ideal balance for experience and enthusiasm.  When researching interpreters for the difficult piano parts of this new work, Eidelman encountered the artistry of young pianist Michael McHale and was entranced.  Soon pianist Tom Poster and engineer Jonathan Allen were on board as well and the recording project was off and running.

Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos is a grand artistic statement worthy of its name.  The new work Night in the Gallerystands in contrast to the big symphonic canvas.  The new piece is a four movement work for chamber orchestra, played here by Members of the London Symphony Orchestra joined by the piano of Michael McHale.  While the Symphony lays claim to being part of the symphonic tradition of the great composers, Night in the Gallery is a more intimate, playful, and colorful piece.  Inspired not by the actual Louvre or a visit to the great museum, rather Eidelman took inspiration from a photo book about artwork in the Louvre, and that book, "Treasures of the Louvre," was a point of departure for Eidelman's imagination.  It was soon followed by other great works from galleries around the world where the characters from these paintings came to life in this music.

Crossover Media Projects with: Cliff Eidelman