I was born on February 18th 1984 in a small town near Dresden/Germany. At the age of 5 I started to play the piano, influenced by my father who studied music and worked as keyboard player and composer in a rock band.
I began composing my first musical pieces at the age of 10. In this time, I got more and more fascinated by the broad musical landscapes in movies, watching certain movies over and over again, just to hear the music. At the age of 14, I began to write more and more orchestral music, being mainly influenced by American film composers such as John Williams, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith and others. I wrote a piece for orchestra as part of my A-level exams, which got performed by a local orchestra in 2001.
From 2004-2008 I studied Composition/Arrangement at the Dresden University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” under Rainer Lischka, Marko Lackner, Lars Juling, Jochen Aldinger and others finishing my diploma with grade A.
Besides my studies I have been working as composer and orchestrator on several major film projects, including the British comedy SAVE ANGEL HOPE starring Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill and others and MORGEN IHR LUSCHEN! – DER AUSBILDER SCHMIDT FILM starring German comedians Ausbilder Schmidt, Axel Stein, Ingo Appelt, Bernhard Hoëcker, Collien Fernandes and others.
Most recently, I have co-composed and orchestrated the score for the movie RECYCLING LILY.
Apart from my work for film, I’m also working in the field of game music, mainly as orchestrator for Germany’s biggest game music company Dynamedion for which I have orchestrated major game titles such as BLACK PROPHECY, HALO LEGENDS, PIXAR’S KINECT RUSH and ANNO 1404 which received high acclaim by the critics.
In 2009, colleague Moritz Schneider and me were commissioned to write the music for the musical DÄLLEBACH KARI, which had its premiere on July 15th 2010 on the 3000 people open air stage at the Thuner Seespiele in Switzerland, receiving lots of praise and raving reviews by the audience and critics. The show won four “Goldene ImScheinwerfer” (including best Musical) as well as two Prix Walo (including best Musical/Theatre Production). Due to the big success of the show, it is has been performed again from March till April 2011 in Zurich’s Theater 11 and in fall 2013 in Berne.
I’m also writing concert music on a quite regular basis for several ensembles and artists, including orchestras, bigbands and chamber ensembles. In 2010 I got commissioned to write a violin concerto for Anna Karkowska and the London Symphony Orchestra which has been recorded in July 2010 at Abbey Road Studios in London by 2 time Grammy Award winning recording engineer Arne Akselberg and producer Jonathan Allen. The orchestra was conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch. I have been working with tenor Russell Watson, orchestrating music for his Singapore/UK Tour 2011 and violinist Sarah Chang, arranging and orchestrating music for her tour programme. Most recently I have written the overture for the 2012 Händelfestspiele in Halle/Saale.
In 2010/2011 I wrote orchestrations for a highly successful crossover event-concert series by the popular Swiss Rock Band LOVEBUGS and the Basel Symphony Orchestra being called “A lesson in crossover” by critics and also co-orchestrated a show of soul singer Seven with the 21st Century Orchestra in the same year.
My work also includes composition and orchestration for international commercial campaigns. By order of Song Zu Sydney, I have written the music for the INTO THE WOODS commercial campaign by John West Australia which has been recorded with a 70 piece orchestra.
For the Europäische Filmphilharmonie, I regularly orchestrate and arrange film music including THE LORD OF THE RINGS, LOVE STORY and most recently DEATH ON NILE, which get performed internationally by several orchestras.
Over the last ten years, I have been specializing in working on projects with real orchestras, including such orchestras as THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, SINFONIEORCHESTER BASEL, 21ST CENTURY ORCHESTRA, STAATSKAPELLE HALLE, BRANDENBURGISCHES STAATSORCHESTER FRANKFURT, RADIOSINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN and others, providing a lot of experience and knowledge in handling the work with real musicians.
Besides my work as composer, orchestrator and arranger, I’m also tutor for the online course Cinematic Orchestration by Thinkspaceonline as well as private teacher for composition, orchestration and music theory for several students around the world.
I live and work in Berlin, Germany.