Basel-born Raphael Sommer started to strike out on his own by pursuing unconventional paths. The fascination of film as a medium has always been–and still is–his constant companion.
Not surprisingly the sensitive artist extended his knowledge to become a film cutter and actor after high school.
The studies helped to shape his mind, sharpen his senses and raised his self-confidence. Eventually music entered his life. And it soon became very clear: this is his world.
He taught himself to play the piano and became self-employed at the age of 19-this was the birth of the “Golden Swan Music“ company.
Being the youngest Swiss composer of film and orchestral music, Raphael Sommer worked very hard so that his voice could be heard within the music industry. His distinctive style enabled him to gain exciting assignments to write scores for films, documentaries, promotional films, and short films.
The genres Fantasy and The Medievals were his direction to begin with where Raphael Sommer could develop to his full potential in this to-date unused niche in the Swiss film music scene.
Ever since that Raphael Sommer could broaden his horizon by composing the soundtracks to the very successful Swiss cinematic documentary film “Schweizer Geist” (Swiss Ghost) in 2013 by Severin Frei, as well as the cult movie “Camino de Santiago“ (Santiago’s Road) by Jonas Frei which was shown in the cinemas in 2015.
Raphael Sommer very highly prizes a hundred-year-old trumpet, which belonged to his great-grandfather, who was a conductor, trumpet player, and trumpet teacher. Various documents are proof of his participation in numerous musical competitions and witness a musician’s devotion beyond the technical skills.
This could be an indication that Raphael Sommer’s talent lies in his genes.