Balz Bachmann


The composer and musician Balz Bachmann, born in Zurich, has studied contrabass at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. He has been writing music for motion pictures and documentary films, theatre, arts and TV. Bachmann has won several awards such as the film music award of the SUISA-foundation of the Locarno Film Festival 2003 for his score for Little Girl Blue by Anna Luif and was nominated twice for the Swiss Film Prize Quarz.

Since 1999, Balz Bachmann collaborates with sound designer and film musician Peter Bräker. They developed scores for (among others) I was a Swiss Banker, directed by Thomas Imbach and for Jeune Homme by Christoph Schaub that both won the film music award of the SUISA-foundation.

Besides his work as a composer and producer, Balz Bachmann is a visiting professor at the University of Arts Zurich. As a performing musician, Balz Bachmann accompanied the singer Sophie Hunger on her European tour and has been playing bass and guitar in the punk band The Fox.

In 2017, Balz Bachmann received the Fondation SUISA Film Music Prize for the third time for his original score for the documentary Bis ans Ende der Träume, directed by Wilfried Meichtry. Bachmann's scores for Bis ans Ende der Träume and Willkommen in der Schweiz (directed by Sabine Gisiger) were both nominated for the German Documentary Film Music Award 2018.

His most recent work includes the score for David Vogel's documentary Shalom Allah (with a premiere at the Semaine de la Critique Locarno 2019), Katalin Gödrös' Tatort-episode Ausgezählt as well as the international coproduction Hungry Saints, directed by Marc Raymond Wilkins.


Think Something Nice, 2022
Directed by Claudius Gentinetta

Lucky Man, 2022
Directed by Claude Luyet

The Mies van der Rohes, 2022
Directed by Sabine Gisiger

Jakobs Ross, 2022
Directed by Katalin Gödrös

Mitholz, 2021
Directed by Theo Stich

Museum M+: Kunst und Protest in Hongkong, 2021
Directed by Michael Schindhelm

The Saint of the Impossible, 2020
Directed by Marc Raymond Wilkins

Miraggio, 2020
Directed by Nina Stefanka

Shalom Allah, 2019
Directed by David Vogel

t, 2019
Directed by Samuel Perriard

Short film

Tatort - Ausgezählt, 2019
Directed by Katalin Gödrös

Amur senza fin, 2018
Directed by Christoph Schaub

Bis ans Ende der Träume
, 2017
Directed by Wilfried Meichtry

Willkommen in der Schweiz, 2017
Directed by Sabine Gisiger

Im Nirgendwo, 2016
Directed by Katalin Gödrös

Stille Reserven, 2015/16
Directed by Valentin Hitz

Yes No Maybe, 2015
Directed by Kaspar Kasics

Love Island, 2014
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic
Yalom's Cure, 2014
Directed by Sabine Gisiger
Nan Goldin - I Remember your Face, 2013
Directed by Sabine Lidl

Die Schwarzen Brüder, 2013
Directed by Xavier Koller
Premiere Zürich Film Festival 2013
Abschlussfilm am Filmfest Hamburg

Schwestern, 2013
Directed by Anne Wild
Premiere als Eröffnungsfilm auf dem "Festival des deutschen Films" in Ludwigshafen
Tatort - Schmutziger Donnerstag, 2012
Directed by Dani Levi

Nibelgrind, 2012
Directed by Barbara Kulcsar

Eine wen iig, Dr Dällebach Kari, 2012
Directed by Oskar winner Xavier Koller
Swiss Film Prize "Quartz" 2012 - Nominated for Best Score

Tatort - Wunschdenken, 2011
Directed by Markus Imboden

Day is Done, 2011
Directed by Thomas Imbach
Berlinale 2011 Forum
Swiss Film Prize "Quartz" 2012 - Best Score

Satte Farben vor Schwarz, 2010
Directed by Sophie Heldman
International Film Festival San Sebastian
International Hofer Filmtage

Hugo Koblet - Pédaleur de charme, 2010
Directed by Daniel von Aarburg
Locarno Film Festival 

Giulias Verschwinden, 2009
Directed by Christoph Schaub
Locarno Film Festival - Audience Award
Swiss Film Prize "Quartz" - Nominated for Best Score

Lenz, 2006
Directed by Thomas Imbach
Berlinale 2006  Forum

Gambit - 30 Jahre nach Seveso, 2005
Directed by Sabine Gisiger
Locarno Film Festival 
Semaine de la Critique



Director: Marc Wilkins
Music: Balz Bachmann

A bittersweet deconstruction of the American dream: Two food delivery boys in New York want to loose their virginity to a mysterious Ukrainian girl, while a Swiss pulp fiction novelist starts a burrito empire from an immigrant woman’s kitchen.



Director: Christoph Schaub
Music: Balz Bachmann

Aïcha, Johan and the married Lo Manto couple have taken a step in their lives that is unsettling to many people around them. They have made the Muslim creed: "I testify that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammad is His prophet". This is where their transformation and reorientation begins. Aïcha moves from the rural province to the big city and follows the strict rules of her new religion euphorically. The Lo Mantos try to stand their ground against the prejudice of their surroundings. And Johan? He sports a beard and flirts with his role as a devout Muslim. Or is filmmaker David Vogel just imagining it? What role does his own Jewish past play? The longer he accompanies his protagonists, the more he feels that he cannot ignore his own biography. His religious past catches up with him – a past he thought to have left far behind.

Premiere: Semaine de la Critique Locarno Film Festival 2019