Anders Eljas

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Eljas at the Ulriksdal Palace theater in Sweden in 2015.

Anders Erik Gillis Eljas (born 15 January 1953 in Stockholm[citation needed]) is a Swedish musician, orchestrator and conductor.


He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm,[1] where he studied piano and violin,[2] and began his musical career as keyboardist who toured with Björn Skifs and on ABBA's world tours.[3][1]

During the 1970s and 1960s, he worked as an orchestrator and arranger for a number of Swedish artists, including Lill-Babs, Lasse Berghagen, Elisabeth Söderström, and Sven-Bertil Taube.[2]

Eljas worked as a producer for CBS Records International (now Sony Music)[2] During the 1980s, he orchestrated the musical Chess, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra for a recording of the musical and a 1984 European tour.[2][2] In 1988, Eljas was also one of the orchestrators for the Broadway musical Carrie[4]

Eljas has conducted and acted as musical director for musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, and Mamma Mia!, and was a conductor for many of Povel Ramel's musical revues.[1]

From 1978 to 1995, Eljas was often Sveriges Television's band leader for its shows.[citation needed] He was also a regular celebrity contestant on the popular charades show Gäster med gester on TV.[citation needed]

In 1995 he was responsible for the orchestration of Kristina från Duvemåla.[1]

Since 2000 he lives with singer Wenche Myhre in Norway.[5][6]

Movie music[edit]

1987: Mio in the Land of Faraway


1977: ABBA: The Movie – musician


  • 1984 – Chess – arrangements & orchestration
  • 1995 – Kristina från Duvemåla – orchestration
  • 2017 – Chess – new orchestration (first performed in Kristianstad, Sweden, relaunching the musical globally)


  1. ^ a b c d "About us - The Göteborg Opera". 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Anders Eljas Music". 
  3. ^ Sheridan, Simon (8 May 2012). "The Complete ABBA (40th Anniversary Edition)". Titan Books (US, CA) – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ "Review/Theater; The Telekinetic 'Carrie,' With Music". The New York Times. 13 May 1988. 
  5. ^ Article in VG 2000-05-31
  6. ^ Article Se & Hör 2015-12-25