Hans Bridger Heruth (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer whose music has been praised as “lovely and delicate” and “impressively stylish” (The American Prize), and for having an “invigorating richness” (KC Metropolis). In addition, he is a conductor, pianist, singer, and violinist of distinction. As a composer, his works have been performed by many different ensembles, most notably the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, KC Vitas Chamber Choir, Vox Nova, the Festival Singers of Florida, the University Singers of the University of Missouri, Canticum Novum, the Show-Me Opera Program, the Heartland Men’s Chorus, the Volker Brass Quintet, Deviant Septet, and a number of All-State ensembles. In addition to these ensembles, his works have been performed by renowned solo and chamber musicians, including tenor Steven Tharp, pianist Paola Savvidou, pianist Peter Henderson, and violinist Eva Szekely. Heruth has received many accolades for his compositions, most recently as a winner of the 2019-2020 American Prize in Composition in both the opera and the vocal chamber music categories, and a finalist for the 2019-2020 American Prize in Composition in both the instrumental chamber and choral music categories. Recent projects include Wytchkraft for the St. Louis Symphony, as well as multiple upcoming productions of his award-winning chamber opera A Certain Madness. As a performer, Heruth has frequently performed as a violinist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Southside Philharmonic, and the University Philharmonic at the University of Missouri. As an opera singer, Heruth has performed various roles such as Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Ford in Verdi's Falstaff in scenes, and Bartolo in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Simon Stimson in Ned Rorem's Our Town in a full production, all with the University of Missouri's Show-Me Opera. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri where he maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist.