Frank Ilfman began studying Trombone and Piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music in Israel as a young child and a precocious talent was soon evident. By the age of thirteen he was composing and arranging original and popular music for the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band where he played Lead Trombone.
Not long after Frank was asked to leave the Conservatorium for skipping classes which he found dull and on a chance visit to Berlin he met composer Klaus Doldinger (Das Boot) who was at the time scoring the film The Never Ending Story. Frank visited the set and impressed everyone with his imagination and enthusiasm which prompted Doldinger to invite him to a scoring session. Frank subsequently fell in love with the world of cinema and film music.
Frank Ilfman worked on his first television production at seventeen with composer Jan Hammer on the ever so popular television series The Chancer starring Clive Owen and since then has contributed original music to more than forty film and television projects. Amongst his many talents, his sensitivity to genre and ability to diagnose how music can best contribute to a film, has gained him wide respect in the field.
In 2008 Frank Ilfman was invited to join The European Film Academy and The British Film Academy ( BAFTA)
“To convey emotions through music that touch the listener and ultimately unite the whole film, you must have a sense for the dramatic. You need to feel the music, not just hear it. That’s where the real gift is.”