Douglas Schmidt completed his doctorate at the University of British Columbia in 1991. He has served as composer in residence with the Victoria Symphony as well as spending periods in residence at the Banff Centre and Alberta’s Augustana College. As a student, he received numerous prizes in the CBC and PRO competitions for young composers, as well as the Murray Adaskin composition award at the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree. He has been commissioned by Aventa, CBC radio, Queen of Puddings, the Now Age Orchestra, and Shauna Rolston and pursues an active career as an accordionist.
The Death of Cinderella was commissioned by Aventa Ensemble with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.