Karim Sebastian Elias was born in Borken in 1971 and grew up in Esslingen. After graduating from high school, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. However, he decided against studying in the USA and studied composition, piano, double bass, electric bass and music production at the Folkwang University of the Arts. Elias made his debut as a film composer for a feature film in 2001 with the thriller "Holiday Affair" and the drama "Umwege des Herzenst". Since then, he has composed and produced the music for over 100 feature films, television films and documentaries, as well as over 400 series episodes.

In 2008, Elias was awarded the German Television Prize for Best Music for his compositions for the films Bella Block: White Nights and Treasure Island.  His music for the film "Im Himmel, unter der Erde", which won the Panorama Audience Award at the 61st Berlinale, was praised in the Huffington Post, The Jewish Week and Film Journal International when the film was released in New York. In 2024, the film "Faruk" by AslÄ? Özge, for which he wrote the film music, will also be presented at the Berlinale and released by BSC Music.

Elias also regularly composes music for television formats such as Tatort, Polizeiruf and Schimanski and has been a member of the board of the German Film Academy since 2017. In spring 2013, he was appointed Professor of Composition and Arrangement for Media in the Master's program in Film Music at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg, and Elias wrote the music for the three-part television film Ku'damm 63, first broadcast on ZDF in March 2021, which was also published by BSC Music, as well as the successful ZDF series "Die zweite Welle"

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