Michael Frankenberger is an award-winning film composer and classical artist born in Salzburg (Austria), known for his work on Salzburg. Eine Kunstgeschichte, We Shall Not Die Now, Bang on Time (RedBull) and his solo albums Love Letters & In Silentio.
Michael has been writing and arranging music under Grammy-winner Lorne Balfe (known for Top Gun: Maverick, Mission Impossible 6, Black Widow) on Projects like Man Vs. Bee (Netflix), His Dark Materials (HBO/BBC) Victoria´s Secret: Angels and Demons (Hulu) and The Greatest Game (Sky). While working with 14th Street Music, which was founded by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer, Michael had the chance to gain a vast experience on various projects and styles. This led to writing additional Music on the Ping-Pong: The Triumph score by Andew Kawczynski (The Amazing Spider Man 2 & additional music on Dune, Inferno, Wonder Woman) and additional Arrangements for A Town Called Malice (Sky) by Alfie Godfrey.
The Music for We Shall Not Die Now was composed in collaboration with Ashton Gleckman and Golden Globe, Emmy & Grammy nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch, who wrote the Main Theme. Next to writing the score for Salzburg. Eine Kunstgeschichte Michael collaborated with Dominic Muhrer from The Makemakes to write and produce a theme song for the film.
In 2021 Michael had the chance to write the music for Arnold Schwarzenegger´s Austrian World Summit which took place in Vienna on 1st July. Recorded at Synchron Stage, „Voce Salis“ is Michael´s new work for Salzwelten Altaussee which can be heard at the underground lake. Voce Salis won the Gold Prize at the Caesar Awards.
For his work Michael was rewarded with a placement in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 List in 2020 powered by Forbes Dach. Next to Michael the list is full of well-known entrepreneurs, athletes, bloggers and artists. His music has been licensed and screened by major TV stations such as Netflix, NBC, Fox Network, 3Sat and ORF. Michael counts to one of the most streamed young classical Artists with around 400.000 monthly listeners on Spotify. For his music Michael has won several awards for Best Music at film festivals around the world. In 2022 he had the opportunity to be a speaker at TedX Salzburg talking about his work, creativity and much more.
In his early years, Michael performed at dozens of concerts and won several international competitions on the accordion. He then studied Composition (BA) and Music theory at the worldwide renowned University of Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Next to his work on Feature Films, TV Series, Shortfilms, Library Music and Concert Music since 2017, Michael has composed for several commercials. corporate Videos and Soundbrandings for clients like Voestalpine, MAN, Verbund, S-Link and many more.
Michael has already worked for a wide range of companies as freelance composer including Hans Zimmer’s Extreme Music / Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop, 14th Street Music, Gothic Storm Music and Atom Music Audio. Furthermore, he also completed an internship at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles. He has also attended several Masterclasses at Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat.