Steffen Schmidt is an American film, TV, and videogame score composer and conductor best known for his scores for "Passage to Mars" and "The Way Home."
Beginning his musical journey at a young age, Steffen studied violin at the age of 4 and grew up immersed in a classical household in Portland, Oregon. By the time he turned 8, Steffen was already performing in local symphony orchestras which would later include tours to Europe and China. In addition to violin, Steffen developed his craft performing the viola and conducting various concerts in the Portland area.
It was the discovery of Jerry Goldsmith's music for film and television that truly inspired Steffen to pursue his primary passion - film scoring. Steffen's career path lead him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received a North American Tour Scholarship.
Since graduating Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, Steffen has scored the feature documentary "Passage to Mars," co-produced by NASA and Jules-Verne Adventures, a television pilot for Starburns Industries for NBC, and various Chinese films, including the popular film "The Way Home."
Representative Works: "Not today" from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Passage to Mars", "The Flower Pavilion" from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and "A Graceful Challenge" from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Assassinating the Tiger"
Visit Me Online:
• Music Folder
• Web and IMDB• Video
Oregon Connection: I grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I performed in various symphonies in Oregon. I was a part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for ten years while growing up. We performed three times a year at the Arlene Schnizter Concert Hall in downtown Portland. I have conducted pieces with the symphony, as well as perform on tours with the symphony in Europe and China. I have been commissioned as a composer, and alumni of the organization, to write a piece celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
After graduating from Lakeridge High School, I went to the University of Oregon where I continued my musical journey. I would gather my friends to form symphony orchestras of our own and perform my works for university events.
I transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston to finish up my degree in film scoring. Even though I am working full time in LA, I still maintain my strong connection with Oregon through music, etc.