Abigail Richardson Schulte

(b. 1976, Oxford, Oxfordshire).

Canadian composer, born in the UK, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe.

Ms. Richardson Schulte studied composition with Allan Gordon Bell at the University of Calgary from 1994–98, where she earned her BMus in composition with distinction. She then studied composition with Chan Ka Nin and Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto from 1998–2004, where she earned her MMus and DMus in composition.

Among her honours are the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music (2003), the co-selected work in the category Under-30 at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (2004) and First Prize in the competition for emerging composers of the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region (2005, all for dissolve). Her music has been performed in Argentina, Canada, France, and the USA.

She is also active in other positions. She has worked in educational outreach for Tapestry New Opera Works in Toronto since 2004 and served as an affiliate composer to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2006–09, for whose New Creations Festival she later served as coordinator. In addition, she served as composer-in-residence at the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute in 2005 and at the Conductors Guild Conference in Toronto in 2007 and has served as composer-in-residence to the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario since 2012. Moreover, she has served as co-artistic director with her husband, the violinist Michael Schulte, of the organisation Chamber Music Hamilton since 2009.

She has lived in Canada since 1982.





Mother Everest (opera in 1 act, libretto by Marjorie Chan), mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2004

Sanctuary Song (opera, libretto by Marjorie Chan), 2008


GO!, orchestra (8 winds, 7 brass, harp, timpani, 2 percussion, 40 strings), 2005

Upstream (concerto), violin, string orchestra, 2006 (also version for violin, orchestra [8 winds, 6 brass, timpani, percussion, strings], 2006)

Eris, large orchestra (8 winds, 11 brass, harp, piano, timpani, 3 percussion, strings), 2007

The Sleeping Giant, orchestra (8 winds, 5 brass, piano, percussion, strings), 2007

The Labyrinth, piano ad libitum, string orchestra, 2008

The Hockey Sweater (text by Roch Carrier), male speaker, orchestra (8 winds, 9 brass, organ [+ celesta], timpani, 2 percussion, strings), 2012


Sweep, flute, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

dissolve, harp, piano, percussion, 2002

emerge, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2003

Inundation, clarinet, amplified viola, percussion, fixed media (2 tracks), slide projections (by Yesim Tosuner), 2004

The Pull, violin, cello, piano, 2005

Scintilla, string quartet, 2005

Crossings, cello, piano, 2011

Sonata, violin, piano, 2011


The Aspen Leaves (text by JonArno Lawson), mixed chorus, 2005

Should I Be Me? (text by JonArno Lawson), mixed chorus, 2005


To My Love (text by James Reaney), soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, piano, fixed media, 2004

The Man with the Tall Black Hat (text by James Reaney), soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, piano, fixed media, 2004

Agon (vocalise), soprano, mezzo-soprano, string quartet, 2005