Dominik Scherrer

An extremely original composer, Dominik has now emerged as one of the most talented score composers of his generation. An incredibly fresh, innovative and resourceful composer, his music has received all-round great acclaim for, amongst others, the BAFTA award nominated and Ivor Novello 2014 award winning Ripper Street, and the Ivor Novello 2011 Best TV score nominated, Agatha Christie’s Marple (ITV/WGBH); both of which have starred many of the most established acting talent currently working today. His Marple scores are full of life and vibrancy, amply illustrated by their amazing and colourful orchestrations and, as a result, Dominik was awarded a Gold Medal for Best Original Music at The New York International TV Festival 2006. He has continued to create imaginative scores for all five seasons of Marple.

Dominik’s most recent television projects include the wonderfully suspenseful yet lyrical score for the BBC’s major new 2015 Golden Globe nominated 8-part thriller, The Missing, starring James Nesbitt and Tcheky Kayro, Monroe (series 1 & 2) for Mammoth Screen, ITV1’s engrossing hospital drama also starring James Nesbitt, BBC’s Ripper Street (series 1, 2 & 3), and Just Henry for ITV. Dominik also created a hugely dynamic and compelling score for Primeval, the very successful CGI monster adventure series from Impossible Pictures/ITV, starring starring Dougie Henshall. Prior to this he scored the latest series of Inspector George Gently for the BBC, and the taut thriller U Be Dead, (based on real events and starring David Morrisey), as well as Christopher and His Kind, the BBC drama based on the memoirs of Christopher Isherwood’s early life experiences in Berlin in the run up to WWII. Other scores include the supernatural love story Life Line, directed by Jamie Payne for the BBC, and an eerily haunting score for Granada/BBC’s reworking of Dracula, which starred David Suchet and Marc Warren. His latest film score was for Alina Marazzi’s compelling Tutto Parla Di Te which received a red carpet premiere at the Rome Film Festival and was awarded the Taodue Camera D’Oro Award for best emerging director and film.

He wrote an eclectic score to the complex, dark and funny feature film Scenes of a Sexual Nature starring Ewan McGregor, Hugh Bonneville, Gina McKee and Sophie Okonedo for Tin Pan Films. He wrote a wonderfully original score to the dark and twisted feature The Truth, which received rave reviews, and then went onto score the feature Riprendimi (US title – “Good Bye Heartache”), which was accepted to premier in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Other features include the award winning The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz (Strawberry Vale/UA) for which Dominik received the Best Music Award at Spain’s Estapona Film Festival; the Italian comedy In Principio Erano Le Mutande (premiered at the Berlin Film Festival); Alice Through The Looking Glass (Projector/Channel 4), starring Kate Beckinsale and Ian Holm; and Appetite (Loud Mouse/J&M), starring Trevor Eve and Ute Lemper. Dominik also wrote the end title song for this film, sung by Ute Lemper, which featured on the album ‘The Best of Ute Lemper’ (the album reached No. 2 in the UK classical charts).

Earlier TV credits include a wonderful period score to Jericho, starring Robert Lindsay as the eponymous 1950 detective, and an evocatively contemporary score to the ITV drama, If I Had You. Dominik also created haunting and moving scores for both, We Can Make You Talk (Tiger Aspect/History Channel NY), a film about the treatment of terrorist suspects in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre and, Footprints (Tigerlilly Films), a documentary filmed in Afghanistan. Dominik also directed and scored a contemporary biker opera Hell For Leather, which has been shown at more than 60 film festivals. He is a member of Taxi Val Mentek, the avant-garde pop band/video art duo, and also composes performance music for the theatre, including Forkbeard Fantasy’s Shooting Shakespeare, which has toured.