Heather Schmidt – Pianist & Composer
Composer and pianist Heather Schmidt has inspired audiences around the world with performances, broadcasts and premieres in numerous countries, including Canada, the USA, Russia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, Iceland, Cyprus, Mexico, Brazil, and the British West Indies.
Heather began piano studies at the age of four and started composing at age 5. She gave her first public performance at age 6, performed on TV at age 8 and had her first published composition at age 9. After private studies in Calgary, she went on to study both composition and piano performance at Juilliard in New York City, and at Indiana University, where at 21 she became the youngest student to ever receive a Doctor of Music degree.
Her numerous awards include two Juno nominations for “Best Classical Composition”, two SOCAN awards, three consecutive BMI Awards, the Juilliard Composers Competition, the Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council and many others.
Upcoming commissions for the 2017 season include a piano quintet for the Penderecki String Quartet to premiere in Canada in June and in Spain in August, and a string quartet to be premiered in the United States in the fall as part of the Washington Square Music Festival in New York City.
Alongside her classical career, Heather has become increasingly active as a composer for film and television. Her most recent film scores include: Lifetime TV movie Break-Up Nightmare, AXS TV movie Elvis Lives, family film Jurassic School (AKA Mom, Tommy Made a Dinosaur), and the independent comedy feature film How to Get Rid of A Body and Still Stay Friends.
Born and raised in Calgary, Heather currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Corey Field. She’s a devoted animal lover and has three dogs, three cats and a horse. She recently founded a non-profit dog rescue called Hollywood Huskies (www.hollywoodhuskies.org) that in its first few months of operation rescued and found adoption homes for thirty dogs.