From subtle yet suspenseful melodies in ‘Hollow Man 2’ and ‘The Breed’ to action-packed movie scores such as ‘Northmen – A Viking Saga‘ and ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, film composer Marcus Trumpp has shown he knows how to sweep an audience musically off its feet.
Over the past decade, Trumpp has written, orchestrated and recorded music for film, television, commercials and multimedia in the US, Germany, England and China. A classically trained musician from Stuttgart, Germany, Trumpp’s scores combine the richness of the Old World with the restless energy of his adopted homeland in the New World.
Since his arrival in Hollywood in 1998, Trumpp has collaborated on a broad range of projects. These include such box office hits as ‘I, Robot’, ‘Red Eye’ and ‘Underworld: Evolution’; video and computer games ‘Medal of Honor’, ‘GUN’, and ‘James Bond: From Russia with Love’; as well as smaller independent work such as ‘Vikaren’, ‘Legwork’, and ‘The Persistence of Dreams’. In addition to his film work, Trumpp has composed various concert pieces. In 2001, his ‘Manipulator Suite’ for large orchestra, was performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the European Patent Academy to sold-out concert halls throughout Southern Germany.
Trumpp grew up in a music loving family in Germany. His grandfather, an opera singer, inspired him to learn to play the piano at the age of four. Always interested in film, Marcus loved cartoons as a kid and actually made his first stop-motion 8mm film on his parents’ dinner table when he was only seven years old. (Click here to see a clip from the movie…) But it was not until he saw ‘The Neverending Story’ that Marcus discovered the magic of film music and its emotional impact on the audience. He instantly fell in love with the works of Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, and devoted all of his time to studying the art of composition and orchestration.
In 1993, Trumpp graduated from high school in Germany and wrote the musical ‘Metropol’, which was performed in Stuttgart and received much critical acclaim. His career in composing music for film began in 1994 when he wrote the score for the award-winning German picture My Grandfather and The Man in the Moon.
In 1998, Trumpp attended the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program at the University of Southern California, where he received training from such film music luminaries as Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, and Leonard Rosenman. Upon completion, ASCAP selected Trumpp to attend its Film Scoring Workshop, which made one of his biggest dreams come true — to work with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
Trumpp continues to collaborate with some of the world’s most outstanding musicians, composers and orchestrators. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.