Christoph Zirngibl, composer, Munich
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Born 1980 in Regensburg (40 Years)


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About Christoph Zirngibl

“When I make music, I want to create an emotion – not an impression”

Christoph Zirngibl is a German film composer, songwriter and musician who lives in Munich with his family.

He is a Music & Sound International Awards nominee and has been awarded several times, e.g. the Hollywood Music in Media Award (King Grandpa, 2017), the film music award of the New York Indie Film Festival (King Grandpa, 2018), the Jerry Goldsmith award “best composer” (2007) as well as the Price of the German Television Academy (Amnesie, 2016).

With his father being a multi-instrumentalist, Zirngibl was raised on music from an early age. He studied “Scoring for Film and TV” at the highly acclaimed University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and earned his Master‘s degree in 2007. After a few weeks as a freshman, his Professor Andreas Weidinger asked him to become his assistant. They shared studio rooms and, since then have collaborated on many projects.

By now Zirngibl has written more than 80 scores for short films, prime time movies, feature films and TV series of various genres. Some of them were composed in collaboration with other renowned German composers such as Peter Thomas, Helmut Zerlett and Heiko Maile.

“I was only 13 years old, when I decided that I wanted to become a film music composer. It all started when I was watching Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park at the cinema. On the movie screen these dinosaurs came to life and the power, energy and emotional impact John Williams’ music had on me left me deeply impressed and made me feel like composing film music must be the best job in the world.”

Although Zirngibl has been composing many orchestral scores since the beginning of his career, his musical skills embrace a great diversity of styles: As a performer (drummer, piano player, upright bass player and vocalist) he has gained a lot of band experience in genres like psychedelic and hard rock, new country, folk, gospel, jazz, big band and symphonic brass music. „Part of my heart belongs to live music, so I actually do perform on my scores in the majority of cases.”

Zirngibl loves to combine the strengths of band music and orchestral music, so he regularly works with international session musicians like Giacomo Castellano, Luke Cyrus Goetze, Stephan Ebn or Deryn Cullen and with renowned orchestras such as the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, the Warsaw Radio Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. “Music only really comes alive when being performed by people of flesh and blood. Therefore, despite the great possibilities of technology, I prefer to work with musicians if possible.”

Right now Zirngibl is working on the live-film project “Finis terrae”, which will be performed with orchestra, band and choir in early 2019. Another current project is scoring a psychological thriller directed by oscar-nominated director Florian Baxmeyer.

True to his motto “When I make music, I want to create an emotion – not an impression”. Zirngibl’s philosophy is: “The origin of all music is emotion, and its authenticity makes the difference.”

Christoph Zirngibl in conversation with Saskia Rienth June 2018

Known for

Fictional projects as composer

2020Mia and me - The Hero of Centopia (aka Mia and me – The Movie) (WT)Feature FilmMultipleStudio 100 Media GmbH [de]
2020Muskeltiere (WT)
Score and Title Song
TV Series, ZDF [de]Hubert WeilandCaligari Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbHScore and Title Song
2020Inga Lindström - Das gestohlene HerzTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Stefanie SycholtBavaria Fiction GmbH
2020Neben der Spur - Schließe deine AugenTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Josef RusnakNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2020Kommissarin Lucas - NürnbergTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Thomas BergerOlga Film GmbH
2020Sigillum (WT)Short FilmPeter RüfferRüffer & Rauch Filmproduktion [de]
2019Das Mädchen am StrandTV Movie (multi-part), ZDF [de]Thomas BergerNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2019Nord Nord Mord - Sievers und die schlaflosen NächteTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Anno SaulNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2019Neben der Spur - Erlöse michTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Josef RusnakNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2019Inga Lindström - Familienfest in SommerbyTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Stefanie SycholtBavaria Fiction GmbH
2019Frühling - Keine Angst vorm LebenTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Thomas JauchSeven Dogs Filmproduktion GmbH
2018The MissionTV Movie, ARD [de], Degeto [de]Florian BaxmeyerLucky Bird Pictures (formerly Yellow Bird Pictures)
2018Inga Lindström - Die Braut vom GötakanalTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Matthias KiefersauerBavaria Fiction GmbH
2018Der Anfang von etwasTV Movie, ZDF [de]Thomas BergerNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2018Nord Nord Mord - Sievers und die Frau im ZugTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Thomas JauchNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2018In Wahrheit - Jette ist totTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Matthias TiefenbacherNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2018Inga Lindström - HeimkehrTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Udo WitteBavaria Fiction GmbH
2017Neben der Spur - Sag, es tut dir leidTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Thomas RothNetwork Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
2017Frühling - Gute Väter, schlechte VäterTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Thomas JauchSeven Dogs Filmproduktion GmbH
2017Inga Lindström - Das Haus am SeeTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Marco SerafiniBavaria Fiction GmbH

Non-fictional projects as composer

2007Die besten Frauen der WeltDocumentary, WDR [de]Britta BeckerShark TV GmbH [de]
2006Freiheit in Grenzen III (CD-Rom)Educational FilmDaniel SpeckPreview Production GbR [de]
2005Der Dolmetscher - Richard Sonnenfeldt und der Nürnberger ProzessDocumentary, NDR [de]MultipleAVE Publishing GmbH & Co. KG [de]

Fictional projects in other activities

2005SchüleraustauschTV Movie, ProSieben [de]Konrad SattlerUFA Fernsehproduktion GmbH [de]music supervisor
2005Shadow ChildShort FilmHans HegeHFF Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München [de]music coordinator
2004Maria an CallasFeature FilmPetra K. WagnerMoonfilm (formerly Indigofilm) [de]arranger

Other projects

YearProject typeTitleActivityCompany
2007stage playMeet - TreffenKomponistTheaterakademie August-Everding, SpielArt Festival

Film awards

2018King GrandpaNew York Independent Film Festival [us]Best scoreWinner
2017King GrandpaHollywood Music in Media Awards [us]Best Original Score - Short Film (Foreign LanguageWinner
2016Neben der Spur - AmnesieDeutsche Akademie für FernsehenMusikWinner
2015Unheil in den BergenMusic & Sound International AwardsBest Original Composition - Title SequenceNominated
2012Trans BavariaGold Spirit AwardBest Music/ComedyNominated
2010TransitÙbedia Int. Film Musik Festivals [es]Jerry Goldsmith AwardNominated
2009Victory DayAOF - Action On Film Int. Film Festival [us]Best ScoreNominated
2007River of OblivionÚbeda Int. Film Music Festival [es]Jerry Goldsmith Award - Best MusicWinner


2007Jerry Goldsmith Award -Best Young Composer-, Úbeda Int. Film Music Festival
2006Deutscher Filmmusik Nachwuchspreis der Franz-Grothe-Stiftung

Basic data

LanguagesEnglish French
Experience abroadNorth America: USA
Southern Europe: Spain
Western Europe: Austria
Education- Filmmusic Masterclass bei Patrick Doyle und Michael Giacchino 2009
- Orchestrations-Seminar Los Angeles 2007 bei Steven Scott Smalley
- Filmmusik Studium an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater bei Enjott
Schneider von Oktober 2003 - 2007
Immediate working areaMunich
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Bavaria