Dr Hermann Hauser
Hermann co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997. In his long and successful history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he has founded or co-founded companies in a wide range of technology sectors.
Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Hermann holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Loughborough and from Anglia Polytechnic, and was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001. In 2004, he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science & Technology
Hermann Hauser commented:
“Chris Vernon has developed an innovative approach which appears to solve many of the problems traditionally associated with digital sound processing. I look forwards to advising Chris and the team.”
Sir Robin Saxby
Sir Robin Saxby, ex-Chairman of ARM, the world-leading silicon IP licensing company, whose partners shipped more than 4 billion chips in 2008, read electronics at Liverpool University and is an Hon FIET and FREng. He joined Rank Bush Murphy to design chips for TV receivers as his first job and after spells with ES2, Motorola and Henderson Security Systems, was headhunted to co-found ARM in early 1991 as a joint venture by Apple, Acorn and VLSI. He was its CEO until 2001. He has also served on the Open Microprocessor Initiative Advisory Group. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Liverpool, Loughborough and Essex. He holds the Faraday Medal of the IET where he is a member of council and served as a trustee and past President.
Sir Robin commented:
“Sontia has developed some exciting solutions. I am looking forwards to assisting Chris Vernon and the team as best I can to realize some of the ambitions I held when we created ARM.”
Michael has quickly become one of the UK’s most sought after composers and music/sound editors for film. So far he has worked on more than 30 major studio pictures. He has been nominated for numerous awards in the industry and won a Golden Reel award for his work as lead music editor on Peter Jackson’s trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”. He is equally at ease writing in full orchestral or more electronic and contemporary idioms, and is greatly in demand as a producer, arranger and programmer. Michael’s career highlights include producing the score for “Band of Brothers” for Spielberg and his work on the latest Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace”.
Michael Price commented:
“Chris’ work at Sontia is the most natural presentation that I’ve ever heard. Sounds that are really coming from the front but definitely sound as if they’re behind you, and they don’t sound processed, even though they are. The results speak for themselves, everything I’ve heard that Sontia has done works beautifully.”
David is one of the UK’s most successful media and entertainment lawyers and financiers. David specialises in commercial media and entertainment advice and investment with a particular emphasis on music, television, film, sport, theatre and fashion. In 2004 David founded Edge Group – which includes Michael Eaton, Harvey Goldsmith, DJ Pete Tong, and Frank Presland. Edge Group is now one of the UK’s leading entertainment and media specialist investment and advisory boutiques, and is the UK’s biggest specialist investment fund for live music and events.
David Glick commented:
“From small cheap and tinny speakers to beautiful multi-thousand pound systems, Sontia still makes that difference. Sontia sound is just a whole lot better than non-Sontia sound.”