SoundTrack_Cologne 19 – Detailed program

The 19th edition of SoundTrack_Cologne will start tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8 in Cologne, Germany, and will be celebrated till Saturday, June 11.

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Detailed program


SoundTrack_Cologne 2022 will have 93 international speakers and will present 41 panels and events, in a program that consists of four major thematic blocks ‘Composing for Games’ (Thu), ‘Composing for Film’ (Fri) ‘Composing for TV series’ (Sat) and ‘Reality Check’ (Thu – Sat).


Let’s have a look at the highlights of the congress (full program here):




On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Brad Derrick (‘The Elder Scrolls Online’), Richard Jacques (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’) & Marie Havemann (‘Albion Online’), will talk about their work, their creative process, and the specificities of composing for video games.

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Games


On Friday, June 10, 2022, the following composers will talk about their careers, the musical upbringing and influences, and their perspectives on creativity: HARPA Award Winner Sanna Salmenkallio, BAFTA and Oscar winner John Ottman (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), The Danish Robert Award laureate Jon Ekstrand (“Morbius”) and Ádám Balázs, composer of “Story of my Wife” and “On Body and Soul”.

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Film


On Saturday, June 11, 2022, the following composers will have an in-depth discussion of their careers, and the complexities and challenges of scoring for a tv series: “Moon Knight” composer Hesham Nazih, “Charité” composer Hannah von Hübbenet, “Sløborn” composers Max Filges & Christoph Schauer, and Award-winning composer Giorgio Giampá (“Christian”).

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - TV


The 19th edition of SoundTrack_Cologne will present this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to the editor, sound mixer, writer, and director Walter Murch.

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Walter Murch



“Reality Check” is a section focused on practical knowledge, including commercial and legal aspects. The panels and talks convey new and innovative strategies for positioning in the media music market and provide with the opportunity to attend networking events where participants might run into potential clients.


“Reality Check” addresses not only young artists but also established composers and career changers (e.g., from pop music or classical university education), musicians, and administrative partners in the service sector such as agencies, music publishers, labels, etc.


The event also provides with six “Reality Check Case Studies” reaching from Family Entertainment, Music and VR to in-depth-discussions of film scores.


Some selections of this year’s program below:


Thursday 09.06.22

10.00-11.30 – Telematic Music

Remote online live playing and recording – with free tools


Bernd Keul

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Helmut-Coing-Saal


12.00-13.30 NFTs for Filmmusic

Larry Dvoskin, entrepreneur, Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter Workshop


Mod.: Alina Gordienco, director

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Helmut-Coing-Saal


14:30 – 16:00 Licensing and Distribution – Present and Future

Alex Black, CEO Sonoton, Einar Helde (TBC)

Mod.: Anselm Kreuzer

@ inSideCafé


14.30-16.00 Spotting, The Temp and Rewrites


Richard Bellis, composer

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Robert-Ellscheid-Saal


16.30-18.00 How do I get work?

Networking, Human Skills, Who is who, Psychology of dealing with the crew


Flemming Nordkrog, composer

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Helmut-Coing-Saal


Friday 10.06.22

10.00-11.30 Publishing 2022: What is it good for? New Chances: Music publishing in times of transformation

With Dr. Ralf Schulze, amboss Film + Music

@ inSide Café


10.00-13.30 Publicity for Film Composers

Hands-On Workshop

Thomas Mikusz, White Bear PR

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Helmut-Coing-Saal


12.00-13.30 Wieviel soll ich da nehmen?

Impuls: Gemeinsame Vergütungsregeln – Stand + Zukunft

Micki Meuser, Vorstand mediamusic + DEFKOM

Honorare für Medienkomposition

Maxi Menot, Komponistin; Stefan Döring, Komponist; Imogen Kimmel, Regisseurin

Mod.: RA Stephan Benn

Coop. mit mediamusic

@inSide Café


14.30-16.00 Legal Basics und Filmmusikverträge


Klaus Weber, Rechtsanwalt / Partner SWS

Scheuermann Westerhoff Strittmatter Rechtsanwälte

@ inSide Café


14.30-16.00 Track Check Music

Martin Häne (Nuvotone), Gaby Steiner, Editor, Sarah

Mibus, music consultant, Neeltje Mooring, music consultant

Mod.: Dr. Anselm Kreuzer

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Robert-Ellscheid-Saal


16.30 – 18.00 AI based Music Consulting

Justin Michael La Vallee, CEO Freque

Jay Ahern, Director of Music Industry Relations Cyanite

@ Fritz Thyssen Siftung, Robert-Ellscheid-Saal


16.30-18.00 Matchmaking

Get to know composers, music consultants, producers

Mod.: Dagmar Blume-Niehage

@ inSide Café


Saturday 11.06.22

10.00-13.30 Dolby Atmos for Streaming

David Ziegler, Dolby Senior Content Engineer

Stephan Colli, Managing Director Torus Filmtonpostproduktion

Ralf Kemper, Riverside Tonstudios/Torus

Thomas Rückert, Piano

Coop. with Dolby, Riverside Studios, Torus Filmtonpostproduktion

@ Riverside Tonstudio


12.00-13.30 Music as Medicine


John Groves

@ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Robert-Ellscheid-Saal


The EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION offers a platform especially for young talents. The participants’ tasks was to compose a new musical interpretation (score and/or sound design) to the short film “UnVernunft” (“UnReason”) by director Hanna Viktoria Heimann (HFF Munich).

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Awards


Eleven composers and sound designers are nominated for the EUROPEAN TALENT AWARD. The winners will be announced at the Grand Award Ceremony in the IHK on June 11th, 2022, moderated by composer Hanna Sophie Lüke.


The nominees (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Rossano Cariello (Score), Martina Cirillo (Score), Lorenzo Gioelli (Score), Johann Grillenbeck (Score), Victor Habes (Score), Michael Kaspar (Score), Thomas Peyrounette (Score), Manuel Seum (Score), David Videli (Score), Jenny Winter (Sound Design), Niels N. Winter (Score).


The competition screening takes place at Turistarama on Saturday, June 11th. The nominees and their new scores for “UnReason” will be presented on the big screen to the audience and jury, moderated by Yati Durant.


The winner of the WDR FILMSCORE AWARD has the opportunity to record his composition with the WDR Rundfunkorchester. The WDR FILMSCORE AWARD will be presented in cooperation with WDR and WDR Funkhausorchester. The awarded prize of the EUROPEAN TALENT AWARD SOUND DESIGN is a 5.1. Surround Short Film Mix in the prestigious sound mixing studio Torus in Cologne, which has donated this award.


Further information about the competition and the nominees:


Eight film composers enter the race for the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD. The winners will be announced at the grand award ceremony on June 11th, 2022.

SoundTrack_Cologne 19 - Awards

The PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD will be awarded for the fourteenth time. Film scores with innovative and dramatically coherent use of music and sound in relation to the narrative will be honored.


The award commemorates the great German film composer Peer Raben and comprises a prize money of 1,500 euros.


The nominees (in alphabetical order):


  • Roy Bemelmans (WALL #4, Director: Lucas Camps, Netherlands), Tom Bromley (Sleep Singing, Director: Bradley Porter, United Kingdom), Lennert Busch (A Short Film, Director: David Dearlove, Netherlands), Gary Hirche (None of Us, Director: Deniz Zagli, Germany), David Kamp (Zoon, Director: Jonatan Schwenk, Germany), Emer Kinsella (Unborn, Director: Sasha Marie Speer, USA), Olivier Militon (Slipping Away, Director: Gabriel Henot-Lefevre, France), Marcus Sander (RIM, Director: Hagar Faibish, Germany)


The competition screening takes place in the Turistarama on Saturday, June 11th. The nominees and their films will be presented to audience and jury moderated by André Feldhaus.


Further information about the competition and the nominees:


Full accreditation: 110,00 euros

Full online accreditation: 75,00 euros

Full combined accreditation: 150,00 euros

Accreditation for members of cooperating associations: 75,00 euros


Online accreditations grant access to our livestream of the regular congress panels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No physical appearance possible.

Combined accreditations grant physical access to all congress elements and livestream access.


Student full accreditation: 45,00 euros

Student full combined accreditation: 75,00 euros

Student groups: 30,00 euros per person (valid for at least 5 persons incl. teaching staff) (please contact:


Day pass: 60,00 euros

Day pass student: 35,00 euros


Press accreditation:


Please note: Admittance to the congress will only be granted to fully vaccinated or recovered people. Additionally, you have to show proof of a negative Corona Test (not older than 24h). The test has to be in a form of a certificate from an official authorised test center. Antigen-self-tests will not be accepted.


A negative test result alone, without proof of a full vaccination or recovery, will not grant you entrance to the Congress.


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Some events of SoundTrack_Cologne will be livestreamed. The livestreams are only accessible with certain accreditation types.


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