ABIGAIL RICHARDSON-SCHULTE (b 1976 )
Abigail Richardson-Schulte was born in Oxford, England. Ironically, she was diagnosed completely and incurably deaf at the age of five. Upon moving to Canada, her hearing was fully intact within months. After growing up in Calgary and studying composition there, she received a doctorate degree from the University of Toronto. Her music has been commissioned and performed by major orchestras, CBC, Radio France, presenters and music festivals including the Festival Présences of Paris. She won the first Karen Kieser Prize, the CMC Prairie Region award, and a Dora award for Best New Opera. Most significantly, she won a first at the prestigious UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, after which her music was broadcast in 35 countries. She frequently collaborates with her husband, violinist Michael Schulte, who has played and conducted much of her work for national broadcast. She was affiliate composer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2006–2009 and is currently festival coordinator of their New Creations Festival. Abigail Richardson-Schulte wrote The Hockey Sweater with text and narration by Roch Carrier, co-commissioned by the TSO/NACO/CPO. She started a position of composer-in-residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.