Born in 1971, Martin Lingnau is one of the most successful musical theatre composers in Germany, with an audience of over 4 million having seen his musicals. His most successful musical to date is “Das Wunder von Bern” (Miracle of Bern, ”, based on the hit-movie by Sönke Wortmann) which saw its world premiere at the opening of Stage Entertainment’s “Theater an der Elbe” in Hamburg, Germany and sold over 500 000 tickets in the first year. At that time he had four long-run musicals playing in Hamburg at the same time: “Heisse Ecke” (running since 2003), “Die Königs vom Kiez”, “Der kleine Störtebeker” and “Das Wunder von Bern”. Other musicals: “Der Schuh des Manitou” based on the hit-movie, “Das Orangenmädchen” (The Orange Girl) to name a few.
Residing in Hamburg, he is a direct descendent of the poet Hoffman von Fallersleben. Since 1986 he has worked as musical director for various theatres, TV productions, the dubbing of music films and has written pop songs and music for stage and screen.
He wrote the inofficial anthem of the City of Hamburg “Die Stadt mit der Nase in Wind” (lyrics: Edith Jeske), which has been recorded by many prominent Hamburg artists (Udo Lindenberg, Rolf Zuckowski, Bill Ramsey).
For 15 years Lingnau was musical/artistic director and composer for the SeeLive Tivoli Entertainment Company, which is responsible for the concepts and performances of entertainment events. He has written and composed a number of events and multimedia shows for the AIDA Cruise fleet and won 2nd prize at the World Event Awards for his composition for the ship christening “AIDAaura by night” in 2003.
In 2003 he composed the music for “Hamburg On Ice” and many movie scores: National Geographic’s “Mother Cheetah” premiered in the US and played worldwide, the documentary “Serengeti”, produced by Buena Vista, opened at movie theatres in Germany in February 2011 and was immediately rated “outstanding” by the FBW. The score got 9 out of 10 stars in the “Hoerspiegel” review and is available worldwide on iTunes; “Nockherberg” a TV event “Nockherberg” with over 5 million viewers, the ARD TV-series “Sophie – Braut wider Willen” starring Yvonne Catterfeld for UFA, “Küss Dich reich” starring Felicitas Woll).
In February 2011 he wrote the music for the opening ceremony of the SKI WM 2011 in Garmisch, Germany performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a live worldwide TV broadcast.
Amongst many pop CDs were Maite Kelly “Das volle Programm”, Frank Ramond “Ganz klar” (both composed and produced), and songs for Annett Louisan’s “Zuviel Information” (straight to #3 on German Media Control Charts).