Zach Heyde (b. 1993) is a composer for animation, film, and game residing in Nashville, TN. He specializes in orchestral and ambient music, characterized by evocative harmonies and textures. He is a skilled pianist, and performs with Frank Tedesco as “Frank & Zach Piano Duets”—a YouTube channel with over 200k subscribers to date.
Heyde holds a B.A. summa cum laude in music composition from the Hartt School. During his time at Hartt, Heyde composed actively for student films, animations, theater, and the concert hall, and performed with local hip-hop/soul band Broca’s Area. He was commissioned by Alfred Music Publishing to arrange numerous piano duets with Frank Tedesco, and several years later the duo founded sheet music webstore Stems Up Sound.
After graduating Hartt in 2015, Heyde taught piano and composition in his hometown of Darien, performing frequently with singer-songwriter Griffin Anthony before moving to Nashville the following year. He currently works as an independent copyist for Sesame Street and assistant to Engraver’s Mark Music, and composes actively for The Merry Mercenaries, a Twitch-based D&D group. Recently he has begun offering product reviews and demos for VST sample libraries such as Embertone, Orange Tree Samples, and more.