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Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Biography

Abigail Richardson-Schulte
1976 -
Region: Ontario

Abigail Richardson-Schulte

Abigail Richardson-Schulte was born in Oxford, England and moved to Canada as a child. Ironically, she was diagnosed completely and incurably deaf at 5. Upon moving to Canada, 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, after which her music was broadcast in 35 countries. She also won the Karen Kieser Prize, CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composers Award, and Dora for “Best New Opera”. Abigail was Affiliate Composer for the TSO from 2006-2009 and remains Coordinator of their New Creations Festival. She wrote “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier, commissioned by TSO/NACO/CPO. This will be performed by numerous orchestras across Canada in the 2013-14 season hosted by Abigail from the stage. Abigail is currently Composer in Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

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