Jonathan Elias (born in New York City in 1956) is an American composer and record producer, known for his movie soundtracks, production for several pop and rock acts, and his award-winning advertising music.
He started playing piano at the age of six, and was composing his own music by twelve, inspired in part by Broadway musicals. He liked rock music, but also admired Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
He attended the Eastman School of Music with aspirations of becoming a classical composer and conductor. He later enrolled in Bennington College in Vermont in 1976 while still in school, he cut his teeth doing the music for movie trailers, most notably Alien, and later scored the trailers for Blade Runner, Gandhi, and Back to the Future. He went on to work on numerous movie soundtracks, starting with Children of the Corn and including Parents, Chaplin, and more.