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After I was born in Worms on the Rhine in 1973, it didn’t take me too long to realise that later on I would study film scoring and sound design at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and afterwards work in Cologne as a professional film composer – one would presume...

Often it is only in retrospect that one finds out to have consequently gone one’s way, which is why this realisation has remained hidden to me for a while. So after graduating from school (Abitur), I began an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic at BASF AG Ludwigshafen, which I completed in 1996, followed up by enrolling for environmental technology at Stuttgart University - to soon find out that the head says one thing and the heart another.

Looking back at this point I realised that music had been accompanying me since I was 6 years old - and so, with 12 years of piano classes, ten years of choir, four years of experience playing in bands, a lot of compositions and a fleet of electronic musical instruments, it was a logical consequence to make the first move into the world of professional music – in order to do justice to what emerged ever more clearly: writing own compositions, which to my mind always tell a story, always describe a world of their own. To depict the emotional world of stories in films or commercials, thus creating synergetic effects, is one of the most fascinating possibilities of music in my opinion. So I studied Music and Arts at Oldenburg University from 1997 to 2001 and, from 2001 to 2004, film scoring and sound design at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

The rest is quickly told. In 1998 the first small job showed up, soon followed by other, bigger ones and so the ball got rolling. Since graduating from Filmakademie with a diploma in 2004, I have been working as a freelance film composer and sound designer for movies, documentaries, commercials and promotional films in my own studio in Cologne. Ten years later I move into out newly built studio in Worms and therewith back to the roots, into the middle of Rhine-Main area, between Mainz, Frankfort and Mannheim. In addition I work as a freelance author for the German professional journal "Sound and Recording" and I have a lectureship position for filmmusic at the institute for music at the University of Oldenburg – and I am very happy to have trusted my heart’s desire...