Anders Eljas, 32, did not hesitate very long when Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus asked him to write the arrangements for the album of Chess and the stage show. He trained as a teacher of music at the College of Music in Stockholm with the piano as his principal instrument and the violin as his second. In 1977 he was asked to join ABBA on what was to be their highly successful Australian tour. Again he did not hesitate. His association with ABBA continued for the 1979 tour of the United States, Japan and Europe. Anders conducted the London Symphony Orchestra on the Chess album and on the Chess concert tour of Europe. When Anders is not commuting between London and Sweden, he lives in Stockholm with his wife and young son.
(Note: All biographies are from the original programme.)