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Elardo, Joan

Multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn, New York who attended UCLA and the University of Arizona before joining the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra in 1987.  She has also done stints with the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Being in L.A. opened doors for her not all woodwind musicians get to tread through.  Joan has performed on a number of film soundtracks, including Behind Enemy Lines, Die Hard, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, Matrix Revolutions, and Peter Rabbit and the Crucifix.  She’s also done her share of toon work:  Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Pinky and the Brain, and Tiny Toons.

Artists with whom she has worked include Celine Dion, Elton John, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, and Vanessa Williams.  On 5th May 1993, she appeared as one of the band members on Rod Stewart’s MTV Unplugged special.  You can celebrate Christmas with her on John Tesh’s Holiday Collection and Visions of Christmas:  An Instrumental Holiday Collection.

Here’s “The Storm and the Rescue” from Joe vs the Volcano which Joan performed English horn on…