Raphael Sommer, born in Basel in 1989, is the composer and founder of „Sommer Filmmusik”. At the age of twelve, he discovered the magic of film as part of a project week at his school. He then continued to shoot, cut and produce his own short films. He taught himself the relevant skills. At the age of 14, Sommer attended various evening courses to refine his technique. After finishing school, he did an internship as a film editor.
Subsequently, he was accepted into the theater and drama school. The time of his studies proved to be groundbreaking in two ways: On the one hand, he found a Steinway piano in the school building, into which he breathed new life into through improvisation. In this way, Sommer discovered a passion for composing. On the other hand, he became aware of the American dancer Tyler Burkett at a ballet evening . Sommer instinctively decided one day to write a ballet composition on the body of the dancer. Its graceful movements reminded him of a golden swan – “Golden Swan” was to become a leitmotif for the composer years later.
At the age of 19, Sommer started his own business and founded the company “Sommer Filmmusik”. He programmed the company’s own website himself – another talent that he learned autodidactically. He initially concentrated on the background music for apps and games quickly making a name for himself. His work was also heard in commercials and short films. For example, music for advertising by Pilatus-Bahnen AG, the Möbelhaus Schweigert store and the Zurich Hyatt Hotel. Sommer was always open to new projects, new genres – and thus also to new styles: epic string music, experimental sounds or playing with exotic instruments. Thanks to his experience as a film editor, Sommer found the right tone for the picture.