Abigail Richardson-Schulte

Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte was born in Oxford, England, and moved to Canada as a child. Ironically, she was diagnosed incurably deaf at 5. Upon moving to Canada, however, her hearing was fully intact within months. Her music has been commissioned and performed by major orchestras, presenters, music festivals and broadcasters including the Festival Présences of Paris. Abigail won first at the prestigious UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers which resulted with broadcasts in 35 countries. She won the Karen Kieser Prize (CBC) and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Best New Opera”. Abigail has been Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and now coordinates their New Creations Festival.

She wrote the very popular music for the classic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, in the country’s first triple co-commission by the TSO, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Already within its first three seasons, this work has been seen by nearly sixty thousand audience members and been performed by most orchestras across Canada. In 2014, Abigail wrote a WWI memorial piece, Song of the Poets, with choir and orchestra for the NACO’s UK tour. The work was co-commissioned by NACO, The World Remembers, CPO, and TBSO and was performed across the UK and Canada. Recent projects include a complete children’s orchestra concert for the CPO and TSO using Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie. She is currently writing a trumpet concerto for Michael Fedyshyn, commissioned by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Group of 27 for performance in the 2015-16 season. Abigail has been Composer in Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012 and serves as Artistic Director of the HPO’s What Next Festival.