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Elliot Roman (b. 1999) is a multifaceted composer, pianist, flutist, and conductor based in New York City.
Elliot’s compositions often juxtapose stasis with motion, rich harmony with rhythmic vibrancy, and sincerity with wit. Many of them reflect upon Jewish art and identity and often explore the concept of quotation. They have been performed in the US and Europe and have won awards in competitions including the BMI Student Composer Awards, the Charles Ives Concert Series Call for Scores, and the Chicago Ensemble “Discover America” Call for Scores, among others. Elliot has received commissions from ensembles and organizations such as the American String Quartet, the New York Virtuoso Singers and the National Orchestral Institute and Festival and has collaborated with artists such as George Manahan and Frederick Zlotkin. In addition, Elliot has composed for other genres such as musical theatre and film. He orchestrated Morningside, a new musical premiered in 2019 at the Manhattan School of Music and scored Ashes Artist Collective’s award-winning short film Girl of My Dreams (2021).
Elliot also has experience performing as a soloist and orchestral player. He was a member of the New York Youth Symphony on flute and piano from 2017-19, performing at Carnegie Hall, on CNN, and on tour in Spain. Elliot has premiered new works both in the New York Youth Symphony and in programs such as the Carnegie Hall “Migrations: The Making of America” Festival.
In 2021, Elliot founded underStaffed, a collective dedicated to the performance of classical works for chamber orchestra and small ensembles and serves as its Artistic Director and Conductor.
Elliot is a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music, where he also received his undergraduate degree and was a recipient of the Jay Rubinton Scholarship. He has studied composition with Reiko Fueting, J. Mark Stambaugh, Nick DiBerardino, and Simon Holt and piano with Daniel Epstein, Julian Jacobson and Adam Kent.
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