SoundTrack_Cologne 18 Speakers
Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman became the first female composer to win an Academy Award, which she received for the score of Jane Austen’s classic ‘Emma’.

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Rachel Portman

SoundTrack_Cologne Livetime Achievement Award winner

Ali N. Askin

Ali N. Askin

Ali N. Askin composes, produces and performs music in the most diverse genres, styles and formats. He has composed for concert halls as well as for films.

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Ali N. Askin

Composing for TV series

Michael P. Aust

Michael P. Aust

Michael Aust has been festival director since SoundTrack_Cologne 1.0. He is managing director, founder and producer ("Low Lights", "Parallax Sounds", "Eva Hesse") of Televisor Troika GmbH, an agency for film production, events and PR.

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Michael P. Aust

Founder and director of SoundTrack_Cologne

Nicolas Becker

Nicolas Becker

Nicolas Becker is an internationally renowned foley artist, sound designer and composer. In 2021 Nicolas Becker wins an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his work as sound designer and sound supervisor for the film SOUND OF METAL.

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Nicolas Becker

Sound in Film

Jean-Michel Bernard

Jean-Michel Bernard

Jean-Michel Bernard is a French pianist, composer, educator, orchestrator, and music producer. He is well known for regularly writing, performing, and scoring for films, such as The Science of Sleep, Hugo, Paris-Manhattan, Ca$h, and Be Kind Rewind.

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Jean-Michel Bernard

Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka

Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka

From cinema to series, the composer Volker Bertelmann has imbued numerous productions with his special brand of empathetic and suspenseful sound.

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Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka

Reality Check

Dagmar Blume-Niehage

Dagmar Blume-Niehage

Dagmar was a speaker at the very first Soundtrack_Cologne and subsequently helped the Congress to develop and to grow as Project Manager. She is also Producer/Owner of the Cologne-based production company dagstar*film.

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Dagmar Blume-Niehage

Head of European Talent Competition, Matchmaking

Helge Borgarts

Helge Borgarts

Helge Borgarts is a freelance composer and producer. He is programme manager for games music at SoundTrack_Cologne. His references include work for the developers Crytek, Deck13, Spitfire Audio, Steinberg, Stratotainment and phenomedia.

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Helge Borgarts

Composing for Videogames

Lelie Cristea

Lelie Cristea

Lelie Cristea is a classical violinist and recording artist for soundtracks, filmscores and commercials.

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Lelie Cristea

Games Workshop

Lorenz Dangel

Lorenz Dangel

Lorenz Dangel studied double bass, film composition and classical composition in Berlin, Munich and London. His music is characterised by the ability to move between genres.

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Lorenz Dangel

Reality Check

Anna Ditges

Anna Ditges

As a writer and director, Anna Ditges has accompanied people from the widest range of social classes and cultural backgrounds in their everyday lives.

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Anna Ditges

Valerie Dobbelaere

Valerie Dobbelaere

Valerie Dobbelaere works for Post Bills PR, a Brussels-based press and communications agency specialising in PR for film, television and film music projects.

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Valerie Dobbelaere

Reality Check, Female Film Composer Class

René Dohmen

René Dohmen

René Dohmen is part of DÜRBECK & DOHMEN.

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René Dohmen

Marc du Moulin

Marc du Moulin

Marc du Moulin is Secretary General at the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), a network of more than 56 organisations working together to defend and promote the rights of composers and songwriters in Europe.

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Marc du Moulin

Music Politics

Dr. Yati Durant

Dr. Yati Durant

Dr. Yati Durant is a U.S. born composer, lecturer, trumpeter and conductor.  He is head of AcadeMeet (formerly EEAMS) at SoundTrack_Cologne and IMMSANE.

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Dr. Yati Durant

IMMSANE AcadeMeet

André Feldhaus

André Feldhaus

André Feldhaus is a composer and has already composed the music for more than 120 television and cinema productions, for example for "4 Könige", "Die Hände meiner Mutter", "Nordstrand", or "Tatort".

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André Feldhaus

Milena Fessmann

Milena Fessmann

Milena Fessmann is a music supervisor, moderator, producer and DJ.

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Milena Fessmann

Reality Check, Female Film Composer Class

Jonathan Feurich

Jonathan Feurich

Jonathan is a music recording and mix engineer from Berlin, Germany who specializes in film scores.

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Jonathan Feurich

Reality Check

Antonio Gambale

Antonio Gambale

Antonio Gambale is an Italian and Australian composer based in Paris, France. Most recently, Antonio scored the original music for the runaway international hit Netflix series, Unorthodox.

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Antonio Gambale

Composing for TV series

Mario Grigorov

Mario Grigorov

Mario Grigorov is a Bulgarian-born film and television composer and concert pianist.

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Mario Grigorov

Reality Check

Marc Grittke

Marc Grittke

Head of Department Music Reporting Support, GEMA Berlin

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Marc Grittke

Female Film Composer Class

John Groves

John Groves

John Groves is a British composer, musician and producer. He is also a specialist in the use of sound and music in advertising. He is best known for his memorable jingles and advertising songs.

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John Groves

Reality Check

Martin Häne

Martin Häne

Martin Haene is a Publisher of several music library labels including Nuvotone, consisting of 3 labels and distributed globally by market leader Universal / UPPM, and Catapult, distributed individually per territory.

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Martin Häne

Susanne Hardt

Susanne Hardt

Susanne Hardt is a (film) composer and music theorist from Mainz and a member of the female composer collective 'track 15'. Since 2016 she has been a lecturer in music theory at the Dresden University of Music.

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Susanne Hardt

Composing for TV series

Catherine Harte

Catherine Harte

Catherine is an Irish director who completed an MA in Documentary Directing at NFTS, tutored by Kim Longinotto and Sean McAllister. She also has a background in Visual Anthropology.

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Catherine Harte

Simon Heeger

Simon Heeger

Simon Heeger is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of 2WEI, one of Europe’s leading music production houses.

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Simon Heeger

Matchmaking

Vasco Hexel

Vasco Hexel

Vasco Hexel is a media composer, author and educator, who ran the masters Programme in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, London. He composed music for award-winning animators, documentaries, commercials, and feature films.

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Vasco Hexel

Female Film Composer Class

Nele Jeromin

Nele Jeromin

After studying "Scenic Arts" in Hildesheim, she studied „Media Arts“ at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She works as director and editor in cologne.

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Nele Jeromin

Director, editor

Bernd Keul

Bernd Keul

Bernd Keul is a live musician, composer and producer who has more than 30 years of work experience in the field of computer music production. He focuses on world music concerts and hybrid instruments and his works have been performed in theatres.

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Bernd Keul

Reality Check

Jens Kindermann

Jens Kindermann

Member of GEMA since 1996. In charge of audiovisual productions, sound files, monitoring and production rights.

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Jens Kindermann

Female Film Composer Class

Johannes Klein

Johannes Klein

Curator and film program manager of In–Edit International Music Documentary Festival since 2007, the most important music documentary film festival that started in Barcelona. He is also one of the music documentary curators at See The Sound.

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Johannes Klein

Tessa Knapp

Tessa Knapp

Tessa Knapp studied media art and has been working freelance since 2007 in the area of media art and film.

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Tessa Knapp

Reality Check

Cornelia Köhler

Cornelia Köhler

Since 2007 Cornelia Köhler has been working as a freelance producer, scriptwriter and dramaturg for cinema and TV formats. Since 2010 she has been a member of the board of directors of 'WIFT Germany'.

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Cornelia Köhler

Sound Design & Music

Hansjörg Kohli

Hansjörg Kohli

Hansjörg Kohli is a film composer currently living and working in Munich. He grew up in Switzerland, studied film scoring and jazz piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and the University of Performing Arts in Munich.

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Hansjörg Kohli

Reality Check / TV

Barbara Krämer

Barbara Krämer

Barbara Krämer is project manager with focus on film music at Bavaria Sonor music publisher.

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Barbara Krämer

Female Film Composer Class

Dr. Anselm Kreuzer

Dr. Anselm Kreuzer

Dr. Anselm Kreuzer is a proven specialist for TV title music, station IDs, soundtracks for series and TV drama as well as music for new media and advertising. He sets soundtracks for series like "In aller Freundschaft" and "Rosenheim-Cops".

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Dr. Anselm Kreuzer

Reality Check

Matthias Krüger

Matthias Krüger

Matthias Krüger is a bassplayer and composer for TV scores, documentaries, nature films, contemporary history, reportages, jingles and main themes. He is a board member of composers club professional association for composers.

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Matthias Krüger

Music Politics

Tasja Langenbach

Tasja Langenbach

Tasja Langenbach ist seit 2012 künstlerische Leiterin der Videonale Bonn und arbeitet seit 2004 als freie Kuratorin.

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Tasja Langenbach

Mathieu Lavoie

Mathieu Lavoie

Mathieu Lavoie is an award-winning composer, entrepreneur and educator.

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Mathieu Lavoie

Composing for Videogames

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and columnist. She's Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director of British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA).

Helienne Lindvall

Reality Check

Anne Löhr

Anne Löhr

Psychologist Anne Löhr is co-founder of the "Mental Health in Music" Association (MiM).

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Anne Löhr

Hanna Sophie Lüke

Hanna Sophie Lüke

Hanna Sophie Lüke is a music journalist (M.A.) for broadcasting and multimedia, musician, composer, singer and international stage and online presenter for music and science festivals.

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Hanna Sophie Lüke

Reality Check

Nathaniel Mechaly

Nathaniel Mechaly

Born in 1972, Nathaniel Mechaly studied the cello, chamber music and electro acoustic composing in Paris, Marseille, and Boulogne National Academies of Music.

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Nathaniel Mechaly

Julian Merker

Julian Merker

Julian Merker is a German film music composer, audio engineer, and producer. A trained classical pianist, he initially began his musical career as an apprentice audio engineer at the SAE Institute Amsterdam in 2014.

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Julian Merker

Micki Meuser

Micki Meuser

Micki Meuser is a film composer and music producer who has written the music for over 60 films, including international films with Daniel Craig and Kirsten Dunst. He is chairman of DEFKOM and a member of the supervisory board of GEMA.

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Micki Meuser

Music Politics

Jan Müller

Jan Müller

Responsible for the further development of the GEMA online portal with a focus on the area for GEMA members, contact person for the tool "My setlists" as well as for music sequences/setlists and their access and processing.

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Jan Müller

Female Film Composer Class

Fitore Muzaqi

Fitore Muzaqi

Fitore Muzaqi is a cologne based Director, Procuer and writer. She worked as a creative producer for WDR, Cologne-based production companies and, most recently, for the young broadcaster Cosmo WDR in a serial online format.

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Fitore Muzaqi

Jan Nedved

Jan Nedved

Jan Nedved co-owner of AIMS and Studio Fontana Jan has been working in the music industry for the past 15 years.

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Jan Nedved

Flemming Nordkrog

Flemming Nordkrog

Flemming Nordkrog is a Danish composer based in France.  Winner of HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award and winner of the Danish Award Carl Prisen 2021 for his score for Mathias Mariani's ‘Shine your Eyes’.

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Flemming Nordkrog

Tina Pepper

Tina Pepper

Tina Pepper is an award-winning television and film composer from Berlin. In 2020 she was awarded the German Television Award for her music for 'Rampensau'.

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Tina Pepper

Composing for TV series

Corinna Poeszus

Corinna Poeszus

Corinna C. Poeszus is a senior business executive with over 30 years experience in the music, digital media & film production, advertising and tv entertainment industries driven by the power of passion and an open mind to think outside the box.

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Corinna Poeszus

Female Film Composer Class

Corinna Rottschy

Corinna Rottschy

Corinna Rottschy hat Gesang studiert und war bereits als Sprecherin beim WDR für den Hörfunk tätig. Seit 2014 ist sie Managerin des WDR Funkhausorchesters.

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Corinna Rottschy

Jury European Talent Competition

SØS Gunver Ryberg

SØS Gunver Ryberg

Gunver Ryberg is an accomplished composer and sound artist from Denmark.

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SØS Gunver Ryberg

Composing for Videogames

Nicole Schmeier

Nicole Schmeier

Nicole Schmeier is a film editor.

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Nicole Schmeier

Film editor

Pieter Schlosser

Pieter Schlosser

Pieter is a video game and television composer with credits to his name such as DESTINY 2, Disney Channel’s SECRETS OF SULPHUR SPRINGS”, Telemundo’s MALVERDE: EL SANTO PATRON, Hulu’s LIGHT AS A FEATHER or IMAX documentary IN SATURN'S RINGS

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Pieter Schlosser

Games

Michael Seal

Michael Seal

Michael Seal is the Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

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Michael Seal

Beda Senn

Beda Senn

Beda Senn has been music supervisor at SRF Musikberatung on Swiss Television since 2006 and has been responsible for conception & production of new library/production music since 2018.

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Beda Senn

Reality Check

Mirjam Skal

Mirjam Skal

Mirjam Skal (*1996) is a composer and orchestrator based in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Mirjam Skal

Kadir Sözen

Kadir Sözen

Kadir founded his own production company, Filmfabrik, in 1995, where as director, writer and producer, as well as in cooperation with other renowned filmmakers, he made numerous television films, documentaries and feature films.

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Kadir Sözen

Andreas Suttner

Andreas Suttner

Andreas Suttner has studied Violoncello and music tuition and has been awarded as a cellist at several well-known contests. As a musician he is working as a soloist and in different ensembles.

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Andreas Suttner

The Flight

The Flight

Ivor Novello award winning duo Joe Henson and Alexis Smith aka The Flight. Their television projects include the BAFTA nominated BBC documentary series DRUGSLAND, and KIDS ON THE EDGE, produced for Channel 4 by Century Films.

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The Flight

Composing for Videogames

Anne Urban

Anne Urban

Anne Urban has concurred as a postproduction supervisor for movies like "Whale rider" or "Iron Sky". Further, she has been a lecturer at Kölner Filmhaus or at the International Women's Film Festival.

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Anne Urban

Female Film Composer Class

Jef Van Even

Jef Van Even

Jef works at „Chaussee Soundvision GmbH“ soundstudio for film & TV (former „SoundVision GmbH“) in Cologne, Germany since 2008.

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Jef Van Even

Martin Villiger

Martin Villiger

It can be said that Martin Villiger already has some experience in the film music field. That's over 110 films and series and well over 350 series episodes and counting.

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Martin Villiger

Ama Walton

Ama Walton

Ama Walton is a media lawyer, business mediator and speaker. She is an established expert in the entertainment industry with a focus on music and film law as well as cooperative negotiation and conflict resolution.

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Ama Walton

Gary Yershon

Gary Yershon

In his long and varied career, Gary has written scores for the leading UK theatre companies, West End and Broadway productions, radio, television, film, dance and concert hall.

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Gary Yershon

Laudatio for Rachel Portman