Heather composes music for film, TV, documentaries, trailers and video games in all genres and musical styles. She accommodates each individual project’s vision and budget. Her scores range from solo instruments, to groups of instruments, to full orchestra, to entirely synthesized electronic scores from her home studio, to scores that feature a combination of live instruments with electronics. Known for her stunning piano, instrumental, and orchestral compositions in a diverse variety of styles, her music displays skill, creativity, emotional intensity, colors and a sense of drama that are exceptionally well suited for music with visuals.
One of Canada’s most celebrated composers and pianists, Heather now lives in Los Angeles as a dual citizen of both Canada and the USA. Her music has been performed worldwide including in Canada, the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Cyprus, Mexico, Brazil, and the British West Indies.
Heather trained at top music schools, including the famous Juilliard in New York City. Her numerous composing awards include three consecutive BMI Awards and two SOCAN awards.
As a composer of film, television and video games, Heather’s recent projects include Empire of the Sharks for SyFy channel, Jurassic School for Netflix, Break-Up Nightmare for Lifetime TV, Elvis Lives for AXS TV, the independent comedy feature How to Get Rid of a Body and Still Be Friends, and the video game Homesick.
Heather is currently based in Los Angeles.
Watch these demo reels of music composed by Heather Schmidt (5 min or 16 min options), opening with the official international trailer of “Main Street” starring Colin Firth for Myriad Pictures, followed by some recent film score segments, and concluding with a documentary segment created at the Sundance Institute.