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KAUFFMANN JEROME

KAUFFMANN JEROME

COMPOSITION, PRODUCTION, CELLO, TEACHING

Jérôme is active in the fields of music composition for film, visual media and concert music, music production, cello performance and teaching.Extra offer:

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Education

Conservatory of Esch-Sur-Alzette, diplôme supérieur, celloKoninklijk Conservatorium BrusselHochschule für Musik SaarSchola Cantorum, ParisPulse College, Dublin (Master of Arts in Scoring for Film and Visual Media)

Biography

Jérôme Kauffmann began his musical journey at the age of eight with cello and music theory studies at the Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxemburg). After having been trained by his first cello teacher André Navau, he finished his cello studies under the wisdom of Jean Halsdorf with a superior degree (Diplôme supérieur), awarded with distinction. Along with his cello studies, he also took intense lessons of Music Theory, Analysis, Composition, Chamber Music, Conducting, Electro-acoustics and Orchestration. He participated in various orchestra projects like the “Orchestre des jeunes de la grande région” and the “Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg”. In April 2013, Jérôme was given the opportunity to perform as a soloist the Concerto N° 1 in EFlat Major by D. Shostakovitsch with the « Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg ». Jérôme is prize-winner of the « prix de la musique » discerned by the Rotary Club of Esch-sur- Alzette in Luxemburg. After taking cello studies with Jeroen Reuling at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he moved to Saarbrücken (Germany) to study Music Theory and contemporary Composition with Thomas Krämer and Arnulf Herrmann at the « Hochschule für Musik Saar ». Furthermore, Jérôme took a one-year course in orchestration and composition at the « Schola cantorum » in Paris. Jérôme started to write music at the age of sixteen. As a composer, he is highly focused on contemporary music, film and visual media scoring and electronic, experimental music. His music expands from solo instrument up to symphonic orchestra, from purely acoustic to entire electronic sound worlds. In November 2015, collaborating with « RTL Lëtzebuerg » (national TV of Luxemburg) and the « Editions Saint-Paul », he created the full soundtrack for the stories of Lalumi by Luc Marteling (texts) and Paulette Thinnes-Kauffmann (design). There are three books with eleven stories targeting children from three to seven. In the field of electronic music and sound design, Jérôme is interested in working with synthesis and all kinds of digital instruments. He explores the nature of a sound to then create atmospheric works. As a trained cellist, he very often creates his own pieces. On 28 May 2015, he performed his own sonata for cello and piano called « À la russe » during a concert at the « Hochchule für Musik Saar ». The sonata is a tribute to D. Shostakovitsch. During his studies in Germany, Jérôme a private teacher for cello and has been teaching Solfège and Éveil musical for three consecutive years at the “Ecole de musique de l’U.G.D.A.” in Luxemburg. Stuying, teaching and being a father never kept Jérôme away from his true passion: Film and Media Music. Over the last years, he created a serious amount of original compositions. In April 2016, he sent out his application to one of the most prestigious film scoring courses in the world and was awarded a place in the Master's program in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College (Dublin). Jérôme learned from famous Hollywood Composers and tutors like Christopher Young (Hell Raiser, Spider-Man 3, Exorcism of Emily Rose...), Conrad Pope (Film Composer and orchestrator of the great Harry Potter and Star Wars series by John Williams), Andy Hill (Former Vice President of the Music Department at Disney Studios) and recorded his compositions in the acclaimed Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin. The Master’s program at Pulse College also allowed Jérôme to reach professional skills in Music Technology. For his Master Thesis, he generated a new electronic instrument titled The Terror Cello containing 537 individual digital samples locked in a Kontakt “plug-in” which was then used as a compositional tool to score three individual films. Living overseas didn’t make it impossible for Jérôme to get his works performed and recorded. In November 2016, the famous french 'Ensemble Stravinsky' from Metz (France) performed Jérômes "Dialogues fantasques" as a World Premiere in the "Arsenal" Concert Hall in Metz (France). The composition was an order for their 15th anniversary celebration. In January 2017, the luxemburgish Trio ‘Inverso’ performed his work Mirror Games for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano at the ‘Conservatoire du Nord’ in Luxemburg. Most recently, Jérôme composed three original compositions for the short film Evolved directed by Lazrael Lison from Summer House Pictures in Los Angeles. The short film accompanies the song Evolved by J.Long. Jérôme scored the opening scene, a fight sequence as well as the end credits. The short film will be released in October. Jérôme was awarded a Master of Arts in Scoring for Film and Visual Media with first class honors. His main future ambitions are to develop a media music community in Luxemburg and to become an established composer for film, visual media and concert music.

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