Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte was born in Oxford, England, and moved to Canada as a child. Ironically, she was diagnosed incurably deaf at five. 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), the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Opera and the Quenten Doolittle Award from New Works Calgary.
Abigail has been Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and now curates Ancillary Events 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. This orchestral “hit” had over 40 performances this year alone and will be performed in 10 performances in France, December 2017. Other orchestral co-commissions include: a WWI memorial piece, Song of the Poets, with choir and orchestra for NACO’s UK tour, co-commissioned by NACO, The World Remembers, CPO, and TBSO; a Trumpet Concerto for HPO and g27; and a complete children’s orchestra concert for the CPO and the TSO using Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie. Abigail is in her sixth year as Composer in Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.