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.
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, Josh Pyke, 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, Jeff Duff, 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 working in Conducting, Composition and Film, Orchestrating and Arranging, Music Theatre and Opera, Education Concerts, and with the George Ellis Orchestra.
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.