George Ellis is an Australian conductor, composer and orchestrator. He works across a variety of styles including symphonic music, choral, opera, musical theatre, jazz and pop, and has presented concerts conducting in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Boston Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Athens, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and performed in every capital city in Australia. In his own words:
Classically trained at the doctoral level in Australia and the USA, and experienced in performing pop/rock music, George Ellis has made a career of combining symphony orchestras with popular artists. These include Lou Reed, The Church, Megan Washington, Sneaky Sound System, Art vs Science, Human Nature, Augie March, GangGajang, Guy Sebastian, Paulini, David Campbell, John Williamson, Marcia Hines, Alex Lloyd, Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch, John Paul Young, Jimmy Little, Troy Casser-Daley, Doug Parkinson, Grace Knight, Jade MacRae, Felicity Urqhuart and Don Spencer.
George’s career has included Olympic opening ceremonies, Arts and cultural Festivals, opening nights, ARIA Awards, and sporting finals such as the NRL & Davis Cup. You can read about them here: Career Highlights. But there’s more to George Ellis than his work on the big stage – he also loves film composition, education concerts and he is an ACMF Ambassador.
More than 75% of public schools in Australia do not have funds for a music teacher or instruments. The ACMF mission is to encourage creativity and imagination by providing free music education and instruments to children and youth regardless of their cultural, economic, social or geographic background. The ACMF passionately believes that no Australian child should be deprived of a music education. For more information about the wonderful work that the ACMF does, please visit www.acmf.com.au”
2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for George with bookings including the third year of the successful Beatles Orchestrated National Tour, The Hits of the Crooners with Chris Lloyd, Symphony in the Park (Killer Queen Symphony), the Greek Festival of Sydney Orchestral and Choral Concert, Musical Opposites, and the second year of the Roy Orbison Orchestrated National Tour. Learn more about these and other upcoming events here: Events Page.
This portrait of George Ellis, by acclaimed artist Evert Ploeg, was hung at the NSW Art Gallery as finalist in the 2007 Archibald Prize and won the People’s Choice award in Sydney and Melbourne for that year. Subjects are chosen for their contribution to art, letters, science or politics.