Robbie Ellis


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Robbie Ellis joined the WFMT team as a part-time presenter in 2015, and went full-time in 2020 as the producer and presenter of Introductions. You can also hear him on air on Sunday afternoons. He’s fronted a variety of broadcasts and events for WFMT, including hosting Classical Cabaret from the piano. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, he has a Composition degree from the University of Auckland and started in classical music radio at RNZ Concert. Outside of radio, he has created comedy classical concerts with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and Fourth Coast Ensemble, and he works as a music director at the Chicago Magic Lounge, The Second City, and The Annoyance Theater. Robbie hosts pre-concert talks for Classical Music Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he has had compositions played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, among others; and you can find his comedy albums on Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.