Christoph ZIRNGIBL – composer

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

Christoph’s music spans across the board from full blown classical orchestral through to small, minimalist scores.  Orchestral, electronic – there isn’t any genre he doesn’t cover.  His musical skills embrace a 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. 

Christoph has written more than 80 scores for shorts, 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.

Recently finished work on a major new English-language feature documentary, to be screened later this year.  He scored animated fantasy feature, Mia and Me: The Hero of Centopia for Constanin Film. The soundtrack was described by Jonathan Broxton of UK Movie Music as a great children’s adventure score, and another genre to add to the ever-growing list for which Christoph has written excellent music.Christoph also scored Netflix feature documentary, Skandal! Bringing Down Wirecard for Passion Pictures, detailing one of the largest accounting frauds of the 21st century; while crime drama series, Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield, produced by Moovie, also arrived on Netflix. Christoph is currently hard at work on a major upcoming feature documentary for Passion Pictures which will release later in 2023. 

Some of Christoph’s most successful features are now streaming on Netflix, including Männerhort (2014), Neues vom WiXXer (2007) and Vorstadtkrokodile 3 (2011), Luna and Der Anfang von Etwas (soundtrack available).  

In October 2021 the psychological thriller, Der Auftrag (The Mission), directed by Oscar-nominated director Florian Baxmeyer, was released on Amazon Prime.

He is a 2021 Camille Award Nominee for Finis Terrae, Music & Sound International Awards nominee and has won several awards, including the Hollywood Music in Media Award 2017 and the New York Indie Film Festival 2018 for King Grandpa, the Jerry Goldsmith “best composer” award (2007) and the Price of the German Television Academy 2016 for Amnesie.

Chrisoph’s father was a multi-instrumentalist so he was raised on music . 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 fresher, his Professor, Andreas Weidinger, asked him to become his assistant. They shared studio rooms and, since then have collaborated on many projects.

“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.”

He lives in Munich, Germany, with his family. 

 “The origin of all music is emotion, and its authenticity makes the difference.” – Christoph Zirngibl

10 Minutes with Christoph Zirngibl