Cliff Eidelman’s breakthrough came with his score Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), a powerful score that elicited a great deal of attention and acclaim. By the age of 24, Eidelman had composed a number of epic symphonic scores including the Holocaust drama Triumph of the Spirit (1989) and Christopher Columbus (1992). Soon after the release of Triumph of the Spirit, composer Jerry Goldsmith took a real interest in Eidelman’s career. In an interview in 1999, he commented “Cliff Eidelman is a great talent with amazing potential.”
Throughout his career, Eidelman honed different musical approaches from intimate, heartfelt story telling to playful comedies to sweeping large scale orchestral scores. Some of his film scores include: Crazy People (1990), Delirious (1990), Untamed Heart (1992), Leap of Faith (1992), A Simple Twist of Fate (1994), Now and Then (1995), the highest rated HBO film If These Walls Could Talk (1996), One True Thing (1998), Witness Protection (1999), An American Rhapsody (2001), the IMAX film Ocean Men (2001), Harrison’s Flowers (2001), Sexual Life (2004), The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005), Open Window (2006), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), Big Miracle (2012), Being Dolphin (2018) and The 100% (2019) winner of “Best VR Film” at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In parallel to his film music, Eidelman has composed many concert works. Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Eidelman), Night in the Gallery recorded by Members of the London Symphony Orchestra, a symphonic tone poem The Tempest, recorded by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (under the direction of Eidelman) and Wedding In The Night Garden, originally orchestrated for strings and mezzo-soprano, subsequently developed by Eidelman as a second version for strings, choir and mezzo-soprano which was performed in 2002 by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It was so well received that conductor Grant Gershon requested repeat performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in their 2005/2006 season.
Recent works include Bridges, a solo piano piece commissioned by the Library of Congress for pianist Jenny Lin and The Five Tales, recorded by acclaimed concert pianist, Michael McHale.
My Muse is a collection of 10 songs Eidelman wrote over the course of a decade. The music and lyrics are written and performed by Eidelman.
One of the few Los Angeles-born composers, Eidelman began his formal musical training at the age of 8, studying the violin. A few years later he switched to guitar as his main instrument and began performing and writing songs for his various bands, playing at local Los Angeles clubs before age 14. He studied Jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology before attending USC studying composition. Eidelman is a member of the Motion Picture Academy Music Branch, the BMI performing rights organization and excited to be a new member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Composers and Lyricists.