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Christoph Scherbaum is a composer and performing musician working across film, theatre and visual art. His music is featured in award winning projects and has been shown in theatres and venues in 20+ countries worldwide. He grew up in Berlin, Germany and lived in Amsterdam and Arnhem, Netherlands for 10 years before moving to Switzerland in 2015.

Coming from an improvising musicians’ background, Christoph incorporates many elements from this world into his compositions. He uses electric and acoustic instruments, effects, sound-objects and his own sound-design and aims for a very personal style of writing, blending acoustic sounds with contemporary digital processing.

Recent film projects include the Student Academy Award finalist “Out of Ordinary”, the short film “Dagu” that was shown at 55. Solothurner Filmtage and premiered at the African Film Festival in Luxor as well as the feature documentary “Pushing Boundaries” that premiered at Visions du Reel 2021 and is co-produced by Dschoint Ventschr Film Zürich and SRF. He also wrote music for the documentary “Tiger Eyes” by Belle Phromchanya for an exhibition at Bangkok Design Week 2019.

In dance and theatre Christoph collaborated with choreographer Simon Tanguy’s Propagande C in two productions at Theatre de la Ville, Paris. He did 4 national tours in the Netherlands with choreographer Dorottya Kiss before moving to Switzerland in 2015. Since then he has been writing music for many co-productions of Bühne Aarau with Cornelia Hanselmann, Ruth Huber, Jonas Egloff, Aron Yeshitila, Andreas Bürgisser, Neel Jansen and Graciela Martinez Arribas.

Christoph wrote the music for the virtual reality game Flotsam Fluke commissioned by the world’s largest media festival for children CineKid Amsterdam. The project won the CineKid audience award and was nominated for the Dutch Creativity Award 2018.

With his live project Clashvoid (with designer Stefan Schäfer) Christoph performed at the World Design Capital 2014 in Cape Town SA, Cite Du Design St. Etienne Design Biennale, Graphic Design Festival Chaumont as well as numerous other venues in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium.

Christoph loves the collaborative process working in a team while creating the music. Great communication and a positive attitude throughout a project are key.

Christoph currently lives in Aarau, Switzerland. He is a member of SUISA, SMECA and Buma/Stemra.

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