With a portfolio including music for concert, film, television, and musical theatre, Michael Elderkin is a versatile composer with a style firmly rooted in strong thematic content with lush orchestrations and vivid colors.
Recently, he has orchestrated for 'Gemini Man' (2019), 'His Dark Materials' (2019), and 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' (2018). He has written music for numerous films including Nightrounds and Pacalu.
In April of 2017, he produced a semi-staged workshop of his musical, Mascherato, in partnership with the Barbican Centre. In March 2020, he recorded a full cast album in Abbey Road Studios with a 22-piece orchestra which is set to come out within the next couple of months.
Michael has also worked extensively as a conductor and arranger for the Empire Film Music Ensemble, also having freelanced as an arranger and copyist for numerous other ensembles.
In addition to composing, Michael is also an accomplished bassoonist, having performed professionally with the London Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Ballet, London International Orchestra, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Opera, Aegis Orchestra, and Ulysses Symphony Orchestra, as well as actively freelancing in both North Carolina and the United Kingdom. He has been featured as a soloist on the video game soundtrack to "Age of Fear 3: The Legend".
Michael is also a strong proponent of chamber music. He is currently a member of the “9-5” Chamber Ensemble, the Gilbert Ensemble, and Two and a Half Reeds. Recently, he performed alongside the Van Kuijk Quartet in the Great Music In Irish Houses Festival.
Michael attended the Eastman School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.