“To play the piano is an art form that has given me my career and allows me to spread joy throughout the world. And now I'm watching my young children's love of music grow as they practice on my Steinway. Music is a unifying gift bringing people together, no matter the instrument. But to be part of the Steinway family is a crowning achievement of my musical career.”
Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music director/composers working today. Currently the Music Supervisor/Conductor/arranger of the new Broadway bound musical Roman Holiday, he is also the composer of the award winning new musical The Black and White Ball with Stephen Cole, as well as The Canterville Hotel with Brendan Cull. He also composed the songs “The Long Way” for Emily Skinner, and “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast” for Guy Haines.
In the West End of London he was the Music Supervisor and Orchestrator of 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theater. He also supervised and conducted opening night of An American in Paris, at the Dominion Theater as well as supervising the acclaimed Tokyo production. His Broadway credits include Michel Legrand’s Amour, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Best Musical Tony Award), La Cage aux Folles (Best Musical Revival Tony Award), 42nd Street (Best Revival Tony Award ), Elton John’s Lestat; Annie; The Wild Party; On the Town; Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker); How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick); She Loves Me; Taller than a Dwarf; and A Class Act. As Marvin Hamlisch’s music director, Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. He was the music director of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons.
He has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City), World Science Festival at Lincoln Center, Cole Porters’ Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly Pops, Nashville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey and York Symphonies.
He has conducted more than 20 albums including the Grammy Award winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Jane Lynch, Bea Arthur, Bernadette Peters, Tracey Ullman and Kelsey Grammar.