Volker Bertelmann

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The impressive creative career of Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) started when his piano teacher told him at the age of 14 that there was nothing more he could teach his student – after only five years of lessons. It is difficult to describe what Bertelmann can get out of his ‘prepared piano’ – one has to hear it to understand it.

Exploring the possibilities of the piano eventually brought Bertelmann to alter the sounds of his piano by attaching various materials such as pieces of paper, marbles, drumsticks and others to its strings in order to create non-piano-like sounds. He released a number of solo and collaboration albums, the latest being Abandoned City (2014). It received outstanding reviews, but Bertelmann was ready for new challenges and accepted a position as Composer in Residence for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk orchestra in Leipzig.

The composer also has a prolific side line writing scores for films, having contributed to the soundtracks of Craig Macneill’s The Boy (2015), Karim Ainouz’ Praia du Futuro (2014) and Yael Reuveny’s Farewell, Herr Scharz (2015). Showing no signs of slowing down, the father of three continues to compose, score and tour, spreading his musical visions.

In 2017, Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran created the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated score for the internationally acclaimed feature film Lion. His current projects include further feature films 1000 Arten, Hotel Mumbai and The Current War, a new collaboration with O’Halloran. He is also working on the scores for the TV series' Gunpowder, a BBC production starring Kit Harrington and Liv Tyler, and the Benedict Cumberbatch programme Melrose, which will be broadcast on Sky.

Always unpredictable, Bertelmann continues to offer only one certainty: that the next step he takes will be as unexpected as the direction from which he has come.

News

  • Congratulations on the Oscar nomination, Volker Bertelmann!
  • Cannes Lions Campaign Winners

    Cannes Lions Campaign Winners

    12th juillet 2022

    Wise Music Group sync placements featured in winning campaigns at Cannes Lions 2022 We are delighted that various winners of the Film Craft Lions category featured our music as part of their campaign.

  • "Ammonite" OST by Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) and Dustin O'Halloran

    "Ammonite" OST by Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) and Dustin O'Halloran

    28th janvier 2021

    The new historical drama "Ammonite" by Francis Lee takes place in England in the 1840s and revolves around the fossil collector Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and her fictional relationship with the wife of a geologist (Saoirse Ronan). Our...

  • Music Sales aux BAFTA TV Awards 2019

    Music Sales aux BAFTA TV Awards 2019

    9th avril 2019

    Félicitations à Volker Bertelmann ! Sa musique pour la série Patrick Melrose, difusée sur Canal +, a été nominée dans la catégorie la meilleure musique originale.Mrs Wilson ( BBC) dont la musique originale est d' Anne Nikitin, a reçu de...

  • Hauschka and others - BAFTA nominations

    Hauschka and others - BAFTA nominations

    28th mars 2019

    The BAFTA TV nominations for 2019 have been announced, including an Original Music nomination for Volker Bertelmann’s score for the Sky Atlantic / Showtime series Patrick Melrose. In other categories, Casualty – scored by Justine Barker ...