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 2014, Balz Bachmann wrote the scores for Jasmila Zbanic's film Love Island and for Sabine Gisiger's documentary Yalom's Cure, both of which were premiered at Locarno Film Festival.

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 were both nominated for the German Documentary Film Music Award 2018. His most recent work includes the score for Christoph Schaub's feauture Amur senza fin with a premiere at the 2018 edition of Locarno Film Festival.


Tatort - Ausgezählt, 2019
Regie: Katalin Gödrös

Amur senza fin, 2018
Director: Christoph Schaub

Bis ans Ende der Träume
, 2017
Director: Wilfried Meichtry

Willkommen in der Schweiz, 2017
Director: Sabine Gisiger

Im Nirgendwo, 2016
Director: Katalin Gödrös

Stille Reserven, 2015/16
Director: Valentin Hitz

Yes No Maybe, 2015
Director: Kaspar Kasics

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

Die Schwarzen Brüder, 2013
Director: Xavier Koller
Premiere Zürich Film Festival 2013
Abschlussfilm am Filmfest Hamburg

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

Nibelgrind, 2012
Director: Barbara Kulcsar

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

Tatort - Wunschdenken, 2011
Director: Markus Imboden

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

Satte Farben vor Schwarz, 2010
Director: Sophie Heldman
International Film Festival San Sebastian
International Hofer Filmtage

Hugo Koblet - Pédaleur de charme, 2010
Director: Daniel von Aarburg
Locarno Film Festival 

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

Lenz, 2006
Director: Thomas Imbach
Berlinale 2006  Forum

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



Director: Christoph Schaub
Music: Balz Bachmann

“Rumpeivel e custeivel” — precious and fragile: Mona’s marriage with Gieri has gone a bit stale after twenty years. Inspired by the unorthodox proposals of the new parish priest, she tries to revive her marriage, which causes great turmoil, not only for Gieri but the entire village community.

World Premiere: August 1, 2018 at Locarno Film Festival
Theatrical release Switzerland: September 2, 2018




Director: Sabine Gisiger
Music: Balz Bachmann

In the summer of 2015, one million refugees seek protection in Europe. 40,000 of them make it to Switzerland. Andreas Glarner, the mayor of the wealthiest village in Aargau, wants to set an example by refusing to accommodate ten refugees in his village. Johanna Gündel, a student and the daughter of a local vegetable farmer, organizes, together with IG Solidarity, resistance against this negative approach. Taking the incidents in Oberwil-Lieli as a starting point, the film uses allegory to portray Switzerland during the so-called refugee crisis, showing what this country in the heart of Europe used to be, wants to be or could become.

The documentary premiered as the opening film of the 2017 edition of Locarno Film Festival.

Balz Bachmann's score for Welcome to Switzerland was nominated for the German Documentary Film Music Award 2018.



Director: Valentin Hitz
Music: Balz Bachmann

The insurance salesman Vincent Baumann (Clemens Schick), a cold-blooded careerist and minion of a merciless system, becomes a victim of the very corporations he is representing. Degraded to a henchman, he grimly struggles to get back on the job market and fights to climb the social ladder until he realizes that there are other values than income and success. Baumann decides against his previous ideology and for another human being, Lisa Sokulowa. They do not have a future, but nonetheless celebrate a small triumph against the dominance of the ruling system.



Director: Kaspar Kasics
Music: Balz Bachmann

What is going on with love? Does it still exist or is it a utopia? What keeps a couple together and where does our longing lead us? Yes No Maybe sets off on a search for its traces and encounters two extremely different couples, one a first, the other a last love. One emerges unexpectedly via internet; the other culminates, after many years, in a mutual dream in Portland, Oregon. The sociologist Eva Illouz and the author Sven Hillenkamp shrewdly decrypt the impossible nature of love, a conclusion the two couples discard.

Kaspar Kasics' documentary, set to music by Balz Bachmann, was premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2015.