I graduated from the Dresden University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” with a diploma degree in Composition, Arrangement and Piano, studying under Rainer Lischka, Marko Lackner, Lars Juling, Jochen Aldinger and others.
During that time I have already been working as composer and orchestrator on several major film projects, including the British comedy SAVE ANGEL HOPE starring Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill where I had the opportunity to record a feature film score with full orchestra only at the age of 21. Most recently, I have written the score for the award winnig short film HERO and A WAR WITHIN, which won the Best Nordish Film and Audience Award at 24th Santa Barbara Film Festival. In the past years I have written the scores for several national and international film productions such as MORGEN IHR LUSCHEN! – DER AUSBILDER SCHMIDT FILM, TELL, LIEBLING, LASS UNS SCHEIDEN and others. In 2020 I wrote the score for A FATHER’S JOB, which won several awards since then, including Best Score at Hollywood Gold Awards and Best Score at Long Story Shorts International Film Festival.
In 2009, I was commissioned to co-compose the music for the musical DÄLLEBACH KARI. The show won four “Goldene ImScheinwerfer” Awards (including best Musical) as well as two Prix Walo Awards (including best Musical/Theatre Production). Due to the big success of the show, it is has been performed again in spring 2011 in Zurich’s Theater 11 and in fall 2013 in Berne/Switzerland. In 2016 I arranged the music for the THE ONE GRAND SHOW at Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin which was the most successful show of the house since its opening almost 100 years ago. I also co-arranged its follow-up show VIVID – GRAND SHOW which got extremely high praises by critics and audience alike.
I’m writing concert music on a quite regular basis for several ensembles and artists, including orchestras, bigbands and chamber ensembles. In 2010 I was commissioned to write a violin concerto for Anna Karkowska and the London Symphony Orchestra which has been recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. I have been orchestrating music for live tours by Russell Watson and Sarah Chang. In 2012 I composed the overture for the “Bridges to Classic” open air concert event at Händelfestspiele in Halle/Saale. Big parts of the debut album REFLECTIONS by classical soprano Aliki have been arranged, orchestrated and produced by me. I arranged/orchestrated compositions by Christian Sprenger based on melodies by Martin Luther for an Album and Concert production.
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. I regularly work as arranger/orchestrator for pop album productions. I have contributed strings, brass or orchestral arrangements for albums and tracks by many artists, including Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating, Bonnie Tyler, Seven, LOVEBUGS, Caroline Chevin, Sodagreen and Henrik Belden. Since 2015 I wrote arrangements for different crossover shows between the 21st Century Orchestra and pop artists such as Stefanie Heinzmann, DJ BoBo. For the ECHO2016 award show I arranged choir parts for Sarah Connor. I have written and orchestrated big parts of the orchestral arrangements for Matthias Schweighöfer‘s debut album LACHEN WEINEN TANZEN. For Vladimir Klitschko’s Label Release event, I arranged Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ CAN’T STOP for orchestra performed at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In 2018 and 2019, I arranged several 90s dance hits for Alex Christensen‘s Classical 90s Dance Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 Album. I co-arranged and co-orchestrated the Ministry of Sound – The Annual Classical live show which is currently touring through the United Kingdom. Most recently I arranged and produced the crossover album Dark Angel by Lucy Kay which will be released in 2021.
My work also includes composition and orchestration for international commercial campaigns. For Song Zu, 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 as well as the 2018 Christmas Commercial Campaign by Air New Zealand.
Besides that, I’m also working in the field of game music, mainly as orchestrator for major game titles such as BLACK PROPHECY, HALO LEGENDS, PIXAR’S KINECT RUSH, ANNO 1404 and ANNO 2205 which received high acclaim by the critics. In 2017, I arranged parts of Chris Huelsbeck’s music for the TURRICAN series for orchestra.
For the Europäische Filmphilharmonie, I regularly orchestrate and arrange film music including THE LORD OF THE RINGS, LOVE STORY, HALLOWEEN, DEATH ON NILE and many more which get performed internationally by major orchestras. For a live concert at the Zurich Film Festival, I have been arranging TIME from Inception for Hans Zimmer, who was playing the Piano at this concert himself.
THE CONCERT STAGE
Over the last seventeen years, I have been specializing in working on projects with real orchestras and ensembles, including THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, FILMHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRAGUE, STAATSKAPELLE WEIMAR, SINFONIEORCHESTER BASEL, 21ST CENTURY ORCHESTRA, STAATSKAPELLE HALLE, BRANDENBURGISCHES STAATSORCHESTER FRANKFURT, RADIOSINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN and others, providing a lot of experience and knowledge in handling projects with real musicians.
Besides my work as composer, orchestrator and arranger, I am a private teacher for composition, orchestration and music theory for several students around the world and have been a tutor for the online course Cinematic Orchestration by Thinkspaceducation.
I live and work in Berlin, Germany.