Ellis Ludwig-Leone is a 24 year-old composer and songwriter active in New York City. He is the songwriter and bandleader for Brooklyn-based band San Fermin, whose self-titled debut LP was released by Downtown Records in September 2013.
Ellis has written for a wide variety of ensembles and soloists including ACME, Decoda, JACK Quartet, Fifth House Ensemble, and Lavinia Meijer. Recent projects include The Impulse Wants Company, a ballet with choreographer Troy Schumacher and poet Cynthia Zarin, premiered by BalletCollective and ACME at the Joyce Theatre’s Ballet v6.0 festival in August 2013. He is a recipient of residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Við Djúpið music festival in Iceland.
Since graduating from Yale University in 2011, Ellis has worked as a musical assistant to Nico Muhly, assisting with operas, feature films, ballets, and orchestral works. As an undergraduate, Ellis was a co-founder and composer-in-residence for the contemporary chamber ensemble SIC InC. Upon graduation, Ellis was awarded the Beekman Cannon Friends of Music Prize for the graduating senior whose composition “exhibits unusual originality or promise.”
Born in Rhode Island and raised in rural Massachusetts, he currently lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.