Petri Alanko is a BAFTA nominated Finnish composer, musician and producer. His dynamic repertoire ranges from the haunting orchestral-electronic score for the psycho-thriller Alan Wake, to sophisticated classical arrangements for Imaginaerum by Nightwish.
Founder and Head of SoundTrack_Cologne
Michael P. Aust heads SoundTrack_Cologne since the very beginning in 2004. Since 2014 he is Festival Director of Braunschweig International Filmfestival, too.
Founder and Head of SoundTrack_Cologne
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016, Lesley Barber writes music marked by intelligence and emotional depth. She has scored a string of award-winning and highly acclaimed projects, including Manchester by the Sea.
Founder & Producer of Galaxy Instruments
Galaxy Instruments is a Cologne-based company founded by Uli Baronowsky in the early 2000s.
Marcel Barsotti is known for his scores to The Miracle of Bern, Pope Joan, Where Is Fred? or Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen ("Germany. A summer myth").
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Christoph Becker is managing director of Constantin Music, Constantin Music Verlag and Königskinder Music, where all music activities of the Constantin Film AG for cinema and TV are pooled.
The bass player, filmmusic composer and music consultant released two no. 1 albums with the Rainbirds and had success all over Europe with the song Blueprint. He was a band member of DEPP JONES with Bela B. and Rodrigo Gonzalez of the band Die Ärzte.
Jean-Michel Bernard began playing the piano at the age of two. When he was 14, he received first place at the Bordeaux Conservatory and later graduated from the Paris ‘Ecole Normale de Musique’.
Helge Borgarts is a freelancing German composer and producer. He is the program manager for games music at Soundtrack_Cologne and a regular speaker and lecturer at events and universities.
Sarah is an independent music supervisor for film & TV. She studied at the University of Arts London and has since enjoyed a portfolio career that has evolved from music journalism to music supervision via A&R management.
Within a festive award ceremony on the evening of August 26th, legendary film composer Bruce Broughton will be awarded this year's Lifetime Achievement Award of SoundTrack_Cologne.
Claudius Brüse, born 1960, received a scholarship at the age of only 17 to study Composing at the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in in Seattle, USA.
European Talent Competition Jury
Yoon-ha Chang, born in 1981, is a Düsseldorf-based filmmaker of Korean origin who has been working as a producer and director since 2001.
After high school, he studied Astronomy and Computer Science at the University of Bonn.
SEE THE SOUND Jury
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1978, where he studied Graphic Arts and Multimedia Design (H.N.D. & B.Sc.). His collaboration with international entertainment production companies, led him to work on various international multimedia projects.
Peer Raben Music Award Jury
Gareth Coker’s style of combining unconventional soundscapes with melodically driven themes was brought to prominence through the 2015 hit game Ori and the Blind Forest. The soundtrack won several prestigious awards.
Iain Cooke is a freelance music supervisor for film & TV.
Belgian director Kurt de Leijer studied Audiovisual Art at Sint Lukas high school and film at Sint Lukas Art Institute in Brussels.
Yati Durant is a US born composer of concert and film music, lecturer, trumpeter and conductor living in Edinburgh, UK. He is a multi-instrumentalist and active performer and producer.
Jessica Düster graduated as Master of Arts in Theater, Film and Television Science plus English and German philology at Cologne, where she lived and worked ever since.
See The Sound Jury
Valentin Finke is sound mixer. His latest projects include the martial arthouse movie TIGER GIRL, the french comedy movie UN PROFIL POUR DEUX and the literature adaption GLEISSENDES GLÜCK.
Alina Gordiyenko (Ukrainian born) is a music video director, visual artist and curator. Studied Art in Saint Martins University of the Arts London.
SEE THE SOUND
Andreas Grimm, born in 1962, studied Musicology, Ethnology and English in Cologne and London and graduated with a Master of Arts in 1990. During his studies, Grimm composed his first works for the comedy group Die Niegelungen.
John Groves is a British composer, musician and producer, and a specialist for the use of sound and music in advertising and communication.
Danish composer Halfdan E has long been one of scandinavia’s most successful film composers, recently bursting out into the international market with acclaimed danish series ‘Borgen’.
Born in Münster, André Feldhaus began his musical education on the piano. In the 1990s he founded the German punk band Mother‘s Ruin.
Composing for Film
As head of program Kathrin Häger curates SEE THE SOUND, the film festival of SoundTrack_Cologne. Born and raised in Munich, from 1981 to 2001, she studied Comparative Literature with a main focus on Film Studies at the Universities of Bonn and Salamanca.
Jennifer Harmon is Director of Creative Services for Film & TV/Visual Media at ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Born 1972 in Copenhagen
Master degree in rhetoric and literature from The University of Copenhagen.
Formerly a music critic at national Danish broadsheet newspapers Politiken and Berlingske Tidende.
Hauschka is the alias of Düsseldorf based composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann. He is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano.
Vasco Hexel has composed original scores for award-winning animations, short films, documentaries, TV idents, commercials, production music and feature films.
Matthias Hornschuh ist Gründungsmitglied von SoundTrack_Cologne und gehört zum Programmteam.
Olaf Karnik, born 1962, lives in Cologne as a freelancing journalist and author for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, WDR 3, Spex, Deutschlandfunk a.o.
Jury for the Prize for the Best German Live Music TV Show
Jens Kindermann is head of department products at GEMA.
Johnny Klimek is a fourth generation film composer, equally comfortable in the electronic studio and on the recording stage with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, as he was for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Robot Koch is an award-winning producer and composer from Berlin, who lives in Los Angeles.
Born 1970 in Copenhagen.
Studied trombone, piano and composition at the Danish Rhythmic Conservatory.
Formerly a trombonist in The Royal Danish Orchestra.
Cornelia Köhler (director, writer and board member WIFTG)
Cornelia Köhler works in the media industry since 2000, first as a producer of sitcoms "Das Amt" and "Bernds Hexe" for Cologne-Gemini film.
Host of WIFTG Panel
The composer and music dramaturg Hansjörg Kohli is the managing music editor of the television play department of the tv channel ZDF. It is one of the few on film music specialized departments for dramaturgic music in fictional programmes in Europe.
Robert Kraft is an award-winning songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer. As President of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012, Kraft was the Executive in Charge of Music for more than 300 Fox feature films.
Anselm Kreuzer began playing the Cello at age 9 and soon discovered composing as his major passion. Already back then he combined the classical approach with modern sounds.
I am a filmmaker and visual artist with a focus content-wise on the documentary. Until now my work has included short fiction films, documentaries, music videos, video installation art and photo series.
Andrea Lässig, music journalist and musician, works as music consultant for the Bavarian TV since 2012.
Co-Producer at Galaxy Instruments
Stephan Lembke has studied audio engineering and sound studies (M.A.) and worked in various fields of audio- and post-production, besides assisting Uli on several sampling projects.
Walter Mair is an award-winning composer living in London known for his captivating original scores ranging from feature films, documentaries and television dramas to narrative-driven interactive entertainment and video games.
Manuel Meichsner is a sounddesigner and sound engineer that lives in Vienna. His latest works include the martial arthouse film TIGER GIRL by Jakob Lass and the french comedy UN PROFIL POUR DEUX by Stéphane Robelin.
Micki Meuser is a film composer and music producer from Berlin.
He wrote the music for numerous movies, including international feature films with Daniel Craig (Obsession), Kirsten Dunst, Lynn Redgrave (Deeply).
Thomas Mikusz founded White Bear PR in 2011, together with his partner Chandler Poling. He has represented composers at major Film Festivals, such as Berlinale, Festival de Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival.
MATTHEW MILLAN boasts a truly unconventional background for a filmmaker. He graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz with a Physics degree, and worked as an engineer for several years.
Eleni Mitsiaki is a musicologist, film music journalist, radio producer and production manager (mainly for The Friends of Music Society, Megaron - Athens Concert Hall).
Growing up in a classical music environment.
After successfully completing his studies in studio recording, film sound and interactive music Sebastian started working as a sound designer and composer for games.
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Fiona Nickel is responsible for a new music entertainment show as managing editor.
Before she worked as editor and reporter for private and public broadcasters and worked as head of marketing at an agency.
She was speaker at the very first Soundtrack_Cologne, subsequently she helped the Congress to develop and to grow as Project Manager.
Producer/Owner of the Cologne-based production company dagstarfilm.
In 1989 Erika Oltmanns, Director Music Licensing Germany, Music & Licensing Consultant, started working at SONOTON Music.
Carly Paradis is a film and TV composer, musician and pianist, whose credits include sole composer of RTS winning and BAFTA nominated series Line of Duty for BBC in its 4th series guest starring Thandie Newton and the ITV/PBS Masterpiece ‘Prime Suspect:1973’.
Tina Pepper discovered her enthusiasm for film music during her three‐year Bachelor course at the
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. During her following MA in Digital Media she particularly
focused on the effect of music in different media.
Women in Film and Television
Michael Price is one of the UK’s most sought after composers. His work for film and tv has been widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, as well as a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold.
Jeff Rona is a contemporary film, tv and games composer and recording artist. He has scored a number of films and television projects with directors such as Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg. Lately he scored the Todd Robinson movie “Phantom”.
Corinna Rottschy studied Music and Biology at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany, and became a teacher before studying Vocal Studies at the Robert-Schumann-University in Düsseldorf.
Prior to founding SCORING BERLIN GmbH, Tom Russbueldt worked as an engineer at the Teldex Studio Scoring Stage since 2008.
He is widely known for film music productions.
Richard Ruzicka (1994) started playing the piano when he was five years old. Together with his brothers he played at numerous international concerts as a trio. At the moment he is composing the music for the tv series "Tatort" for the third time.
Oliver and Homay are Spitfire Audio's In-House Composers - they help ensure the quality and musicality of our sample libraries meet our standard, and use them to create works and projects which we share with our community to demonstrate what's possible.
Patrick began out tweaking on a Commodore Amiga 500 and has not stopped composing music ever since. After studying classical music and film scoring, he started out as a freelance composer for industry, image films and documentaries.
The music journalist Kai Schoormann supervises fictional programmes in the main editorial office of the ZDF since 2006. Among these were the three-part movies Tannbach, The Same Sky and Honigfrauen, crime series as Neben der Spur and Dengler.
Gregor Schwellenbach is a Cologne-based arranger, producer and musician, working with international artist in Pop-, film-, and contemporary music. He is a board member of mediamusic e.V. and a lecturer at Folkwang Institute for Popular Music.
Born and raised in Essen, studied in Bremen, where he founded Cinema Musica – Europe’s only print magazine for film music which he published, formed and edited.
Golo Schultz is a succesful all-rounder and works as musician, composer and filmmaker. Composer of LOVE STEAKS, TIGER GIRL, producer of music videos (inter alia Juli, Madsen) and film producer (co-founder of FOGMA).
Jon is the CEO of Music Gateway which since it’s inception in 2011 has established itself as the leading b2b platform.
Martin Sponticcia began his career as a staff writer for David Dundas Music in London in the late eighties. He was involved in the composition and production of many international campaigns for tv and cinema for European and American agencies.
Tom Stöwer studied composition between 1999 and 2004 at the University for Music „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. During this time he started regularly collaborations with the University for Film in Potsdam and the film orchestra Babelsberg.
Frank Strobel has been active for many years in the space where films meet music and is a leading figure in the field of film in concert.
Andreas Suttner joined the BR in 2004 and besides being a Music Supervisor, he is also working as a musician, cellist and independent film composer.
Bobby Tahouri is an award-winning composer, best known for composing the music for the video game Rise of the Tomb Raider. He has also worked on a long and varied list of other games, films, and television shows, including Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Iron Man, and Game of Thrones.
Manager, Producer, born in Mainz, 1967. Civil service followed by an apprenticeship as a plumber. Started working as producer for PixelBits Medienproduktion in 1993 and for 4art GmbH in Mainz in 1995. Studied Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz in 1997.
Works at „Chaussee Soundvision GmbH“ soundstudio for film & TV (former „SoundVision GmbH“) in Cologne, Germany since 2008.
Did an apprenticeship to become „Mediadesigner for Image & Sound“.
European Talent Jury
Mareike Wegener is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer who studied directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and the New School in New York as well as philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Jury member PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD
Nicole Wegner graduated from Academy of Media Arts Cologne with her music documentary "Parallel Planes“.
Dr Welp studied law from 1996-2004. From 2005 until 2009, Dr. Welp worked as a scientific assistant in the department for media law at the University of Münster, Germany.
Garyʼs composing career spans over 40 years, encompassing scores for the UK’s leading theatre companies, West End and Broadway productions, radio, television, film and dance. Gary also teaches and writes about music.