Abigail Richardson-Schulte


“It’s all wrapped up in my Canadian sound because at the core, I am a Canadian composer and have been influenced by the Canadian composer that came before me.” – from a November 2018 interview with Arts File.


Born: 1976 – Oxford, Oxfordshire, England


A Few Facts about Abigail Richardson-Schulte


  • Prior to moving to Canada in 1982 when she was six years old she had been diagnosed as permanently deaf. Within several months of arriving in Calgary her hearing was fully intact.


  • She received her Doctorate in music from the University of Toronto where she is now teaching composition as a member of the Seasonal Teaching Staff.


  • She was the first recipient of the Karen Kieser Prize in 2002. Her trio, dissolve, was broadcast on CBC Radio Two and was submitted by CBC to the IRC in Paris.  It was selected as the best work by a composer under 30 and broadcast in 35 countries. As a result, Radio France commissioned  Scintilla, her second string quartet.


  • Richardson-Schulte was Affiliate Composer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2009 and has been Composer-in-Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011. She is also Artistic Director of the HOP’s What Next Festival.


  • A Song of Poets (2014), her contribution to R. H. Thomson’s The World Remembers Project, was included on the NAC Orchestra’s European tour. A cycle of poems by five poets from four countries on different sides during the first World war, it was performed by a German Youth Orchestra and Ottawa School Choirs as part of a memorial concert on November 11, 2018 in Ottawa.


  • In 2018 she composed The Corner House, a string quartet “tone poem” based on the experiences of Sir Ernest MacMillan during his internment during the first World War. He had been in Bayreuth, when Canada declared war on Germany in 1914, and spent five years in Ruhleben prison camp, along with over 4,000 English, American, Australian and Canadian nationals.


  • Her latest composition, a commission from the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal is scheduled for their Children’s Corner Concerts in January of 2020.


  • She is married to violinist Michael Schulte and the couple have collaborated on numerous projects.



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