Anne-Kathrin Dern

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Anne-Kathrin Dern
Anne-Kathrin, 2017
Anne-Kathrin, 2017
Background information
Born(1987-07-30)July 30, 1987
Eutin, Germany
GenresFilm Score
Years active2012-present

Anne-Kathrin Dern (born July 30, 1987) is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to Fearless (Netflix, 2020), The Claus Family (Netflix, 2020), and "Help I Shrunk My Parents [de]" (2018), as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on "Leap!" (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Anne-Kathrin Dern was born in Eutin (Eastern Holstein), Germany, to Kathrin Dern (née Paskarb) and Uwe Dern. She later grew up in Hildesheim (Lower Saxony), Oebisfelde (Saxony-Anhalt), and Peine (Lower Saxony). After graduating from the Ratsgymnasium Peine in 2007, she went on to study at a private film scoring academy called musicube. Once she had obtained her Basic Film Music Composer certification, she moved to the Netherlands to further her studies in the newly developed film scoring program at the ArtEZ Conservatory. After receiving her bachelor's degree in 2012, Dern moved to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA Film Scoring program where she concluded her studies.[1]

Sample library development[edit]

While still at UCLA, Dern was hired by sample developer Cinesamples[2] in early 2013. As part of their in-house team she helped develop new virtual instruments as well as updates to existing libraries. Products Dern worked on include

  • CinePerc Core / Pro / Epic / Aux v1.1[3]
  • CineWinds Core / Pro v1.1[4]
  • CineBells v1.1[5]
  • CineSymphony Lite[6]
  • World Series: Dulcimer & Zither[7]
  • CineStrings Core v1.0[8]
  • CineStrings Runs v1.0[9]
  • Artist Series: Tina Guo[10]
  • Deep Percussion Beds 2[11]
  • Tina Guo Acoustic Legato[12]

After resigning from her full-time position at Cinesamples in late 2014, Dern continued to sporadically work for other sample developers, including SonicSmiths (The Foundry)[13] and VIR2 / Big Fish Audio (Aeris Hybrid Choir Designer,[14] Apollo Cinematic Guitars,[15] Mojo Horns Vol. 2). She also programmed a private percussion library for the music production and publishing company Ninja Tracks[16]

Film composition[edit]

Cinesamples' sister company Hollywood Scoring[17] hired Dern in 2014 as a mockup artist and staff composer. As part of the team she worked on productions like Riot Games' League of Legends, Microsoft's HALO V: Guardians, Disney's The Pirate Fairy, Fox's Gracepoint, and many more. A mockup she created for Alan Menken ultimately led to her being brought onto the Galavant composing team. Being located at Christopher Lennertz' Sonic Fuel Studios she transitioned into being an arranger for his score on the first season of ABC's medieval musical show in late 2014 / early 2015. At the same time she also worked as an orchestrator and technical assistant at William Ross' studio Momentum.

Throughout most of 2015, Dern worked with Pinar Toprak on the Warner Bros. / Skydance production Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler. She also collaborated with composer Ryan Shore on his animated series Penn Zero: Part-time Hero and his Universal movie Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls. Later in 2015, Dern also worked as a temporary assistant at Steve Jablonsky's studio Arata Music, lending a hand on The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel. In fall 2015, Dern resumed her work for Christopher Lennertz and Alan Menken on the second season of Galavant.

In early 2016, Dern went back into a learning environment by accepting an internship position at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. Shortly after the internship, composer Klaus Badelt took notice of her and invited her onto his team for the animated movie Ballerina starring Elle Fanning. Aside from her involvement in the score, Dern also wrote orchestral arrangements to some of the movie's songs by Sia and Chris Braide. It was later picked up by the Weinstein Company and released in U.S. territories the following year under the title Leap!. While working on several theme park rides with Badelt, Dern was also selected as one of the 12 composers out of over 300 applicants for the annual ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop by Richard Bellis.[18][19]

In early 2017, Dern collaborated with composer Emir Isilay on the Pakistani drama Saawan. Their score was nominated for Best Original Score at the Madrid International Film Festival and later won the Best Soundtrack Award at the Salento International Film Festival. It was also selected as Pakistan's official entry for the Academy Awards. This production was quickly followed by the Chinese-American drama The Jade Pendant based on the novel by L.P. Leung, and the German fantasy movie Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (aka Hexe Lilli rettet Weihnachten) based on the popular children's books by Knister. Both scores led to several positive nods by critics[20][21] and most notably garnered her a coveted IFMCA nomination for Breakthrough Film Composer Of The Year. In spring 2017, Dern was chosen as one of the 10 female composers for the first installment of the now annual Future Is Female concert series,[22] produced by composer and singer Tori Letzler. Dern conducted the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra throughout the entire second half of the concert and contributed her suite from The Jade Pendant.[23] The suite was performed again later in fall of the same year by the Alhambra Orchestra in Florida during the Silver Screen Concert. Several other feature film productions followed, including the indie drama Captain Black by Jeffrey Johnson, a German kid's comedy called Help I Shrunk My Parents (aka Hilfe, ich hab meine Eltern geschrumpft), and - resuming her work with Klaus Badelt - the Chinese drama Legend Of The Demon Cat by Chen Kaige. Dern also collaborated with British composer Daniel James on a Mongolian play and worked on iGot Games' Lords Mobile, once again with Badelt.

In 2018, Dern continued to collaborate with Klaus Badelt on productions such as "Wish" (Prana Studios), "Ocean's 8" (Warner Bros.), and iGotGames' mobile games "Castle Clash" and "Galaxy Mobile". She also wrote an orchestral song arrangement for the song "Back To Earth" by Chris Braide for 3QU Media's animated movie "Trouble". In mid 2018, Dern went on to collaborate with Enrico Natale (More Productions) and Elease Patrick for the award-winning short film "Broken". She later signed on to write the score for the award-winning Pakistani feature drama "Allahu Akbar" (2019), directed and produced by Farhan Alam (MAB Productions).

Throughout the winter of 2018/2019, Dern once again teamed up with blue eyes Fiction to write the score for "Four Enchanted Sisters", which was released by Disney in January 2020. Dern traveled to Brussels to record and conduct the score at DaDa Studios with musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic. In spring 2019, Dern signed on to write music for the animated Netflix Original "Fearless_(2020_film)" (2020), a science-fiction adventure score which was performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of Andy Brown, and recorded by Jake Jackson at Abbey Road Studios. Dern also wrote a few Mozart arrangements for composer Nicolas Repetto's feature documentary "The Sound Of Identity" and conducted them during a recording session at United Recording Studios. During fall 2019, Dern went on to write additional music for director Alex Perry's feature documentary "Angle" (2020), starring Kurt Angle, Dwayne Johnson, and Ronda Rousey.

During winter 2019/2020, she is also wrote the score for blue eyes Fiction's sequel "Help I Shrunk My Friends" (2021). She recorded the score in a unique way at Galaxy Studios in Belgium during lockdown. Dern also scored the Netflix Christmas movie "The Claus Family" (2020) which she recorded with FAME'S in Northern Macedonia. She also produced a song arrangement for the Netflix animated short "If Anything Happens I Love You" (2020). Dern is set to score the horror movie "dEvil" next, with Klaus Badelt producing the score. After that she has signed on to work on Julien Kerknawi's war drama "The Last Front", starring Iain Glen and Sasha Luss, as well as the Netflix Christmas sequel "The Claus Family 2". She will also score the upcoming Dutch/Belgian series "Peter Puck" and the short film "V & F".

Next to collaborating with other composers, Dern frequently works with several directors and producers, such as Blue Eyes Fiction, Julien Kerknawi, Galaxy Studios, Straw Weisman, Robyn Klein, and Enrico Natale. Her international catalogue ranges from the US to Canada, China, Mongolia, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Pakistan, Germany, and France. Her scores are frequently recorded at AIR Lyndhurst and Abbey Road Studios in London by the LSO and LMO. As part of her initiative to promote the visibility of ethnic and gender minorities in film scoring, Dern was featured on the official AVID blog[24] and was invited to a roundtable at Output.[25] Dern was also invited as a speaker on the AVID main stage at NAMM in January 2019. Her piece "He Is Not Coming Back" was performed by the Orchestra Moderne under the direction of Amy Andersson at Lincoln Center, NY, as part of the concert "Women Warriors: Voices of Change". Dern is a member of the performing rights organizations ASCAP and GEMA. Dern is represented by Michal Marks from A-Muse Management.


Dern has received very favorable reviews of her works, most notably Lilly's Bewitched Christmas and The Jade Pendant. Jonathan Broxton, president of the IFMCA, particularly points out the very traditional melodic writing in his review for The Jade Pendant: "The score is built around a stunning – and I do mean stunning – main theme. Rich, classical, lush, emotional, written for the full orchestra, with the main melody carried by different instruments depending on the situation, it’s one of the best new main themes of the year. Think of all the great Chinese-style themes played by a western orchestra: John Williams’s Memoirs of a Geisha, Rachel Portman’s Joy Luck Club, Conrad Pope’s Pavilion of Women, Klaus Badelt’s The Promise [...]. This is up there with them."[26] About Lilly's Bewitched Christmas he says " shows her to have a fluid orchestral style filled with easy thematic ideas, lovely harmonies, and – on this score, specifically, a wonderful whimsical way of conveying the magic of Christmas. [...] The score has quite a bit in common with other seasonal efforts like John Williams’s Home Alone, Danny Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands, John Debney’s Elf, Bruce Broughton’s Miracle on 34th Street, Alan Silvestri’s The Polar Express, and others of that type, in the way it blends a full and lush orchestra with seasonal orchestrations – chimes, sleigh bells, glockenspiels, and even an occasional choir. [...] There’s also more than a hint of Williams’s music for the first two Harry Potter scores in the way it conveys the mood of magic and witchcraft – the string phrasing, the woodwind counterpoint, the frisky and mischievous tempos, the frequent use of a celesta." He further describes "Anne Kathrin Dern as a serious talent to watch".[27]


Year Title Notes
2009 Verder by Gloed (Album) Arranger
2010 Slaapmonsters (Documentary) Composer
2012 Born, Not Raised (Documentary Short) Composer
2013 Stolepark (Feature Film) Composer
Paperplane (Video Short) Composer
League of Legends - The Freljord (Video Game) Arranger, Score Coordinator
2014 The Pirate Fairy (Feature Film, Video Game) Additional Score Programmer
Gracepoint (TV Series) Arranger, Vocalist
One Christmas Eve (Feature Film) Orchestrator
2015 James (Short) Composer
A Broken Man (Short) Composer
Penn Zero: Part-time Hero (TV Series) Score Programmer (4 Episodes)
In Utero (Documentary) Technical Score Advisor
R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (Feature Film) Arranger, Score Programmer
The Last Witch Hunter (Feature Film) Pro Tools Synthmaster Preparation
HALO V: Guardians (Video Game) Additional Music Arranger, Sample Development
Galavant Season 01 (TV Series) Score Arranger, Score Programmer (3 Episodes)
2016 Lotte World Seoul: Fly Venture (Theme Park Ride) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Galavant Season 02 (TV Series) Score Arranger, Score Programmer (10 Episodes)
Leap! (aka Ballerina) (Feature Film) Additional Music, Song Arrangements
WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation (Feature Film) Composer
2017 Saawan (Feature Film) Composer (with Emir Isilay)
Vriend Van Goud (Short) Composer
Geostorm (Feature Film) Additional Score Programmer
The Jade Pendant (Feature Film) Composer
The Legend of the Mongolian War Horse (Play) Composer (with Daniel James)
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (aka Hexe Lilli rettet Weihnachten) (Feature Film) Composer
The Future Is Female (Short) Self
The Legend of the Demon Cat (Feature Film) Composer: Additional Music
2018 Tides of Fate (Documentary) Score Programmer
Putting All The Eggs In One Basket (Feature Film) Composer (with System)
Captain Black (Feature Film) Composer
Help I Shrunk My Parents (aka Hilfe, ich habe meine Eltern geschrumpft!) (Feature Film) Composer
Lords Mobile (Video Game) Arranger
Broken (Short) Composer
Ocean's 8 (FeatureFilm) Additional Arrangements
2019 Lotte World Shenyang: Cosmic World (Theme Park Ride) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Galaxy Mobile (Video Game) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Trouble (Feature Film) Song Arranger & Orchestrator
Castle Clash (Video Game) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Allahu Akbar (Feature Film) Composer
The Sound Of Identity (Documentary Feature) Additional Music & Arrangements
2020 Four Enchanted Sisters (Feature Film) Composer
Fearless (Feature Film) Composer
If Anything Happens I Love You (Short Film) Song Producer
The Claus Family (Feature Film) Composer
2021 Help I Shrunk My Friends (Feature Film) Composer
Devil (Feature Film) Composer
The Last Front (Feature Film) Composer
Angle (Feature Documentary) Additional Music
Wish (Feature Film) Composer
The Claus Family 2 (Feature Film) Composer
Where My World Begins (Documentary Short) Composer
Her Pen Pal (Feature Film) Composer
Have.Hold.Take (Feature Film) Composer
2022 Peter Puck (TV Series) Composer
The Claus Family 3 (Feature Film) Composer

Soundtrack Releases[edit]

Year Title Label
2014 A Broken Man (Original Film Score) CD Baby
2017 Vriend van Goud (Original Film Score) CD Baby
2018 The Jade Pendant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by Quartet Records)
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by Kronos Records)
ShortCuts 2018: The Best Of Original Short Motion Picture Scores MovieScore Media
2019 Help I Shrunk My Parents (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media
The Legend of the War Horse MovieScore Media
2020 Sprite Sisters - Vier Zauberhafte Schwestern (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) BMG
Fearless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Equity
The Claus Family (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media
2021 Help I Shrunk My Friends (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Result
2015 Ciné Public Film Festival Best Soundtrack A Broken Man Nominated
2017 Madrid International Film Festival, Spain Best Original Score Saawan Nominated
2017 Salento International Film Festival Best Soundtrack Saawan Won
2017 IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Breakthrough Film Composer Of The Year The Jade Pendant / Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2017 Movie Music UK Awards Breakthrough Composer Of The Year The Jade Pendant / Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2017 Reel Music Awards Original Score For A Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Horror Feature Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2018 Burbank International Film Festival Best Feature Film Score The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Burbank International Film Festival Best Short Film Score Vriend Van Goud Won
2018 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Alex North Award for Best Original Score in a Feature Film The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Best Original Song The Sailor's Lament (from 'The Jade Pendant') Nominated
2018 Jerry Goldsmith Awards Best Original Score for a Feature Film The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score - Independent Film (Foreign Language) The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score - Short Film (Foreign Language) Vriend van Goud Nominated
2018 Movie Music UK Awards Best Comedy Score Help I Shrunk My Parents Nominated
2018 Reel Music Awards Original Score For A Comedy Feature Help I Shrunk My Parents Nominated
2019 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Best Original Score in a Short Film Broken Nominated
2019 Reel Music Awards New Archival Release (Physical Media) Legend Of The War Horse Nominated
2020 Nice International Film Festival Best Original Score in a Feature Film Allahu Akbar Nominated
2020 Movie Music UK Awards Best Original Score For An Animated Film Fearless Nominated
2020 Movie Music International Awards Best Score For An Animated Movie Fearless Won
2020 Hollywood Music In Media Awards Outstanding Score - TV Movie/Streaming Fearless Nominated
2020 IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Best Original Score For An Animated Feature Fearless Nominated
2020 ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award Won



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