Frederik Wiedmann


  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Program:
    Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
  • Expertise:
    Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television


Being fascinated with Brahms’ violin concerto at the age of 3 led Frederik to pick up the violin as his first instrument. Falling in love with John Barry’s grand melodies from “Dances With Wolves” was a key turning point in his childhood. It eventually led him to discover the extraordinary world of film music. After years of admiring composers for their beautiful work, and analyzing hundreds of scores from all over the world, Frederik finally began his film music studies at the Berklee College of Music where he earned a Film Scoring BA in 2005, as well as various awards, including the 2004BMI Film Scoring Award. After having worked with many young directors on student films, Frederik moved to Los Angeles to start his professional career.

There he established a relationship with film composer, John Frizzell (Office Space, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Alien Resurrection) who hired Frederik as orchestrator, score mixer, arranger, programmer and eventually as co-producer of his film scores. Frederik worked on feature films like “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”, “Stay Alive”, “The Reaping” and “Henry Poole is Here.” He soon began to compose additional music for feature films like “Careless”, “Black Irish”, the documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price”, and the TV shows “Reunion” (Fox) and “Moonlight” (CBS).

While working next to John Frizzell, Frederik diligently calibrated his talent as a film composer, composing for various genres in different styles: From Horror (“Blood Ranch”, “Beneath”, “Jar”, “Pashittu”), to heart-felt dramas (“The Indian”).

At 25 years of age, Frederik was hired to score Dark Castle-produced horror film “Return to House on Haunted Hill”, the sequel to the successful “House on Haunted Hill” that was released in 1999, produced by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis and Erik Olsen. The prestigious record label Varese Sarabande produced Frederik’s first official soundtrack release to this film in late 2007, which made him one of the youngest composers on their label to release a soundtrack in his own name.

Frederik is now working harder then ever on numerous projects to make the dreams he fascinated about while listening to John Barry’s scores on cassette tape as a young boy, come true.  He currently serves as Lecturer in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.