Biography

Nicolai is a German composer working primarily in music for film, TV and advertising. In 2017 he won the German Film Music Award (Deutscher Filmmusikpreis) and the award for „Best Original Score“ at Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest for his score „Der Ausnahmezustand“. He was nominated for „Best Music“ at the German Filmmusic Award (Deutscher Filmmusikpreis) 2015, the international „Peer Raben Music Award“ 2015 and 2017 and the „Music+Sound Award“ London. From an early age he played the drums and guitar. He has played international concerts with several orchestras and various pop- and jazz bands, alongside musicians from all over the world. As a scholarship student he finished his studies in jazz drums and piano at the International Music College of Freiburg with top grade. In 2015 he got a diploma in film music and sound design at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. During his time at the Academy he has realized recordings with the renowned Filmorchester Babelsberg and the Slovakian orchestra Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina. At the Moment he is working as a freelancer, composing and producing the music for many films. Furthermore his time in Freiburg gave him the opportunity to set up an extensive network of different musicians of all genres. Therefore recording sessions with professionals are always possible.

Filmography

  • Film

    • Millennials

      2017 / Director: Jana Bürgelin

    • Mein ist die Rache

      2017 / Director: Antoine Dengler

    • Vernunft und Triebe

      2017 / Director: Bennet Meyer

    • Un État d’Urgence (Ein Ausnahmezustand)

      2016 / Director: Tarek Röhlinger

    • Flicker

      2016 / Director: Siegmund Skalar

    • Can’t Take My Eyes off You

      2016 / Director: Johannes Kizler

    • Cornerstories

      2016 / Director: Tarek Röhlinger

    • The Fantastic Love of Beeboy and Flowergirl

      2015 / Director: Clemens Roth

    • Some Thing

      2015 / Director: Elena Walf

    • Stammplatz

      2015 / Director: Tarek Röhlinger

    • Die Stille

      2015 / Director: Lily Erlinger

    • Perspektiven

      2015 / Director: Johannes Kizler

    • Le Cadeau

      2015 / Director: Vivien Hartmann

    • Dystopia

      2015 / Director: Tobias Haase

    • Artefrakt

      2014 / Director: Bennet Meyer & Iris Schwarz

    • Look Who’s Talking

      2014 / Director: Iris Schwarz & Shoko Hara

    • Doppelpunkt Klammer Zu

      2014 / Director: Iris Schwarz

    • Asteroids

      2014 / Director: Nikolai Maderthoner

    • Wollen

      2014 / Director: Maria Hilbert & Sarah Bergmann

    • Das Blühende Leben

      2013 / Director: Clemens Roth

    • Sidekick

      2013 / Director: Daniel Titz & Felix Zehender

    • Urknall

      2013 / Director: Bennet Meyer

    • High Wool

      2013 / Director: Nikolai Maderthoner & Moritz Mugler

    • 1050

      2013 / Director: Tobias Haase

    • Baumeln

      2013 / Director: Matisse Gonzalez & Maria Hilbert

    • Das Schreien der Stille

      2013 / Director: Adrian Copitzky

    • Droplit

      2013 / Director: Meike Müller & Manuel Rivoir & Lars Timmermann

    • Fäden

      2012 / Director: Frank Kayan

    • Mecarnicum

      2012 / Director: Dominik Stockhausen & Felix Zehender

    • Head Like a Kite

      2012 / Director: Clemens Roth

  • Commercial

    • Radeberger ‚Die Reifeprüfung‘

      2017

    • Aesculap ‚Lass Dich Bewegen‘

      2017

    • Westwing ‚The Coup‘

      2017

    • Peek & Cloppenburg ‚Carolina‘

      2017

    • Peek & Cloppenburg ‚Ollie‘

      2017

    • Joop ‚Fs 17‘

      2016

    • Merck ‚Manifesto‘

      2016

    • Hugo Boss ‚Manifesto‘

      2016

    • Intrinsify.me

      2016

    • Saint Agur ‚Die Birne liebt Saint Agur‘

      2016

    • Peek & Cloppenburg ‚Johann‘

      2016

    • Peek & Cloppenburg ‚Edita‘

      2016

    • Peek & Cloppenburg ‚Julia‘

      2016

    • Nivea ‚Ich will alles‘

      2016 / Director: Zornista Dimitrova

    • Nike ‚The Moon‘

      2015 / Director: Yannick Fauth

    • Unilever ‚An Heirloom‘

      2015 / Director: Lily Erlinger

    • Elbeo ‚König Elbeo‘

      2014 / Director: Madlen Folk

    • Hinz und Kunzt ‚Kai‘ – Director’s Cut

      2014 / Director: Tobias Haase

    • Black&Decker ‚Dustbuster‘

      2014 / Director: Daniel Titz

    • APM ‚Lichtblicke‘

      2014 / Director: Dorian Lebherz & Daniel Titz

    • Kreditkartensicherheit ‚Omi‘

      2014 / Director: Felix Zehender & Regina Haselhorst

    • Kreditkartensicherheit ‚Hand Auflegen‘

      2014 / Director: Felix Zehender & Regina Haselhorst

    • Justizministerium ‚Täter – Opfer – Ausgleich‘

      2014 / Director: Jana Bürgelin

    • Stöckli ‚Skimacherin‘

      2013 / Director: Tobias Haase

    • ITFS ‚Magic Mushroom‘

      2013 / Director: Julian Weiß & Michaela Gote

    • Hornbach ‚Miniatur‘

      2013 / Director: Jörg Rambaum & Christine Lüdge

    • DFB ‚Große Spiele ein Leben lang teilen‘

      2013 / Director: Lars Timmermann

    • Dmc ‚Wundervoll Zwei‘

      2012 / Director: Lars Timmermann

  • Documentary

    • Genkingen – Ein schwäbisches Volksmärchen

      2017 / Director: Erol Papic & Valentin Kemmner

    • Millennials

      2017 / Director: Jana Bürgelin

    • Something Changed in Me

      2014 / Director: Jana Bürgelin

    • Zirkuskind

      2013 / Director: Christine Schäfer

    • Abseits der Straße

      2013 / Director: Marco Rottig

    • Off the Beaten Track

      2013 / Director: Jutta Schön

    • Schweben wie Schmetterlinge, Stechen wie Bienen

      2012 / Director: Jana Bürgelin

  • Series

    • Beta As H.E.L.L.

      2016 / Director: Clemens Roth

    • Pälzisch im Abgang (6 Episodes)

      2015 / Director: Matthias Schmidt

    • Ich kenne ein Tier (1 Episode)

      2015 / Director: Elena Walf