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JARRYD ELIAS | Biography

Jarryd Elias is a Los Angeles-based composer and orchestrator, whose priority is to support and elevate every project he is a part of.  Being versatile in a plethora of musical styles, from modern to classical to everything in-between, allows him to collaborate and create music that heightens the experience for anyone watching.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jarryd began his musical journey as a percussionist playing in a multitude of settings, ranging from classical symphonic to rock and jazz bands. He continued with his percussion education at the Eastman School of Music (2015), earning a Bachelors in Percussion Performance under world-renown percussionist and composer Michael Burritt. Soon after, Jarryd's interests were drawn towards composition, traveling to Seattle to earn his Masters in Film Scoring at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program (2017), studying under two-time Emmy winner Dr. Hummie Mann.


Jarryd's composition work has received critical acclaim from around the world. His film scores have gone on to win best original score awards at various festivals. Most notably, his work on ROLLING ACROSS AMERICA (DocuSeries) and ENCHANTED, LLC received nominations for the 2018 Jerry Goldsmith Soundtrack Award and the 2019 International Sound and Film Music Award, respectively.

Jarryd's concert works for percussion, as well as orchestra, have also received distinguished honors. In 2018, he received the Luminosity Orchestra's Young Composers award for his composition The Rain Maker: Suite for Orchestra. His percussion compositions are performed regularly around the world, where “Hero's Journey,” being the most famous (written for solo Timpani and electronic playback), is a recurring repertoire option for the Italy Percussive Arts Society Timpani competition.

His collaborations don’t stop at writing music, either.  As an orchestrator, Jarryd has worked with some of Hollywood’s top composers, including Tyler Bates, Timothy Williams, Robert Duncan, Hummie Mann, Brian S. Carr, and B.C. Smith.  Some of his credits include Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, S.W.A.T., Southern Gospel, and The Spy Who Dumped Me.


Jarryd’s wide-spanning career across both composition and orchestration makes him one of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-coming composers, as well as orchestrators, since he broke onto the scene in 2017.

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