Lasse Elkjaer is a Los Angeles-based composer, producer, orchestrator, and guitarist originally from Denmark, who was recently awarded for his gothic score for the horror movie Sticks (2018). Sticks is a gothic scare ride where Elkjaer worked with Hollywood cellist Tina Guo, whose cello can be heard on scores by Hans Zimmer, such as Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017), and Rupert Gregson-Williams's score for Wonder Woman (2017).
Composer for Features, Television and Commercials.
Since moving to LA in 2013, Elkjaer has been involved in movies such as Dead Man Down (2013), Bad Santa 2 (2016), the Chinese epic block buster Monkey King 2 (2016), NBC TV series Midnight Texas (2017-2018), and Netflix TV series Lost In Space (2018-). He has also done orchestrations for several concerts, such as the charity concert Nordic Noir at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Recently, he had his concert music performed by the The Danish Royal Life Guards Marching Band, and by the LA-based ensemble Helix Collective at the Barnsdall Theatre Gallery in Hollywood, and he also played guitar on the album Very Merry Rockin' Good Christmas (2018), by The Osmonds.
The films Elkjaer scored won awards at the Honolulu Film Festival, First Run Film Festival in New York, Tech Doc Film Festival in Seattle, and Filmkraft in Denmark. In addition, several of Elkjaer's shorts won first place on Ekko shortlist, a top ten list that represents the best short movies in Denmark. Elkjaer’s work was selected twice for Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego.
Besides working on features, documentaries, TV, and commercials, Elkjaer is also a longtime collaborator of Golden Globe-nominated composer Christopher Young, Hellraiser (1987), Swordfish (2001), Spiderman 3 (2007), and five-time Emmy winning composer Jacob Groth, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Elkjaer started his professional career in Denmark as an award-winning composer, while working as an arranger and guitarist for theatre productions, and also playing in several rock bands. Before Elkjaer ventured into the world of film music, he was a national competition gymnast, completed his military service as a guard in the Royal Navy, and was the driving force behind several music festivals.
Upon completion of his Masters in Film Scoring from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, South Danish Conservatory of Music, Elkjaer moved to Los Angeles to study with Bruce Broughton, Tombstone (1993), and Garry Schyman, Bioshock (2007), amongst many other prolific scoring legends and faculty at the Thornton Screen Scoring Program at the University of Southern California (USC). During his studies at USC, Elkjaer was mentored by Michael Gorfaine, partner and co-owner of the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.
Elkjaer is a Fulbright recipient, and received 12 scholarships from the Danish government while studying at USC. Similarly, Elkjaer was granted Danish funds when he was selected as a participant for the 2018 Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive. The Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive is the brain child between conductors David Newman and Angel Velez, designed to create an opportunity for media composers to further their skills as conductors.