Zach Heyde (b. 1993) is a composer for film & animation based in Nashville, TN. His musical output is highly eclectic, ranging from full-length orchestral soundtracks to experimental ambient projects. His musical idols include Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Jon Brion.
Heyde showed a love for music at a young age, beginning piano lessons at 7 years old in his hometown of Darien, CT. He composed annually for the local Young Composer's Concert until graduating high school, upon which he entered the Hartt School of Music in 2011. During this time Heyde composed actively for student films, animations, and the concert hall, as well as played keys for hip-hop/soul band Broca's Area.
It was at Hartt that Heyde began his creative partnership with composer/pianist Frank Tedesco. After creating a four-hand arrangement of "Sleigh Ride" for YouTube, the duo was hired part-time by Alfred Music Publishing. Over the years Frank & Zach continued their collaborations, forming sheet music webstore Stems Up Sound and founding Frank & Zach Piano Duets--a YouTube channel with nearly 150k subscribers to date.
After graduating from Hartt, Heyde served in Darien as a music educator, teaching piano & composition at the Darien Arts Center and Crescendo Music. He toured New England with singer-songwriter Griffin Anthony throughout 2015-2016 before ultimately moving to Nashville to pursue his film scoring career and YouTube channel with Frank Tedesco.
In 2017, Heyde released his debut ambient EP, Spectral. He currently works as a music copyist for Jason Loffredo Music Preparation, as well as a contracted composer & producer for numerous projects. He recently completed the soundtrack to the full-length picture, The Hard Candy Kid, directed by the Beals Brothers and slated for release in early 2018.