Early Life and career
He was born in Schlüchtern, West Germany. At the age of fourteen, he began training to become a classical pianist. As a teenager, influenced by rock and soul music, he began experimenting with electronic music. In the mid 1970s, while a student at the Berlin Music Academy, he supplemented his studies of classical music with studies in musique concrète and early electronic music and was influenced by Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
In 1977, Heil met a dissident artist from Communist East Germany, the young Nina Hagen, who was electrifying Berlin's punk world with her powerful operatic voice and genre-defying musical style. Hagen asked Heil to join her band as her keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer and for the next few years he honed his craft what became the legendary Nina Hagen Band. After Hagen left the group to pursue a solo career, the remaining band members formed Spliff, one of Germany's most successful rock bands of the 1980s. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was known as one of the best keyboardists in Europe.
Film Composing career
In 1994, Heil became friends with Australian musician Johnny Klimek, a producer of Berlin underground techno DJs. What began as a casual partnership producing trip hop tunes in a Berlin studio, led Heil and Klimek to collaborating with German director Tom Tykwer on scoring his second feature, Winter Sleepers. Two years later, the trio scored Tykwer's breakthrough hit, Run Lola Run and all Tykwer's subsequent films with the exception of Heaven in 2002.
Heil moved to California in 1997. His film and television credits include Run Lola Run, One Hour Photo, The International, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, HBO’s Deadwood, CBS’s Without a Trace, NBC’s Awake, and the epic adventure drama Cloud Atlas, based on a best selling novel by David Mitchell, directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer. The score for Cloud Atlas was nominated for a Golden Globe award.
- Helix (Syfy) (2014)
- I, Frankenstein (2014)
- Haunt (2013)
- Cloud Atlas (Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score) (2012)
- Awake (NBC) (2012)
- Locke & Key (TV Pilot, Fox) (2011)
- 6 giorni sulla Terra (2011)
- Killer Elite (2011)
- Three (2010)
- Tomorrow When the War Began (2010)
- The International (2009)
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Music and German Film Awards, Film Award in Gold for Best Film Score) (2006)
- John From Cincinnati (HBO) (2007)
- Anamorph (2007)
- Blood and Chocolate (2007)
- Deadwood (HBO) (2006)
- Paris, je t'aime (2006)
- Land of the Dead (2005)
- The Cave (2005)
- Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
- Iron Jawed Angels (HBO) (2004)
- Without A Trace (CBS) (2002)
- One Hour Photo (Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Music) (2002)
- The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
- Run Lola Run (Nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association award for Best Original Score) (1999)
- Winter Sleepers (1997) 
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