Balz Bachmann


Balz Bachmann is a composer, producer and musician who has been composing music for international feature films, documentaries, theater, art and television for over 20 years. He has written film music for renowned directors such as Jasmila Žbanić, Dani Levy and Academy Award winner Xavier Koller. His music has been awarded several prizes, including the Locarno International Film Festival Film Music Prize, the Swiss Film Music Prize and the German Documentary Film Music Prize. In addition to his work as a composer, he also works as a music producer and teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts. As a musician, Balz Bachmann has worked with numerous artists of various genres and accompanied the singer Sophie Hunger on her tours. His style includes electro-acoustic, orchestral and experimental compositions, with the aim of finding an appropriate musical language for each project. He lives and works in Zurich and is a member of both the European and the Swiss Film Academy.


Miss Pyrie and Miss Woods, 2024
Directed by Sophie Heldmann

I Am Every Woman-Siri Hustvedt, 2024
Directed by Sabine Lidl

When we where Sisters, 2024
Directed by Lisa Brühlmann

The Sparrow in the Chimney, 2024
Directed by Ramon Zürcher

Les histoires d'amour de Liv S., 2023
Directed by Anna Luif

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: Ramon Zürcher
Music: Balz Bachmann

Karen and Markus live with their kids in Karen's childhood home, nestled in the countryside. On Markus's birthday, Karen's sister Jule arrives with her family. The sisters are complete opposites. Haunted by memories of their late mother, Jule feels driven to challenge Karen's authority. As the house fills up, Karen’s tension grows until everything explodes into a fiery inferno. An inferno that destroys the old to make way for the new.



Director: Lisa Brühlmann
Music: Balz Bachmann

1996: Fifteen-year-old Valeska is going on vacation to Crete with her mother Monica. Jacques, her mother's new boyfriend, and his daughter Lena, who Valeska doesn't get along with at first, are joining them. Slowly, however, a friendship develops between the two girls. While they find a sister in each other, the adults' relationship spirals out of control. Valeska must emancipate herself from her mother and, in doing so, give up her dream of a family.