Todd Schroeder started playing piano at the age of four. Growing up in a musical family, he was introduced to everything from Claude Debussy to Neil Diamond, from Ray Charles to Elton John, but what he remembers most is discovering, at the age of eight, the rock and roll piano playing of Jerry Lee Lewis.
For Schroeder, this variety of musical influences has produced a variety of musical accomplishments as a composer, producer, arranger, musical director and performer. Playing piano, though, remains Schroeder’s first love. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, with the Boston Pops and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and has appeared on numerous television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show.
As an accomplished composer, his original music has been featured in film and television. His production of “Roter Mond: The Braveheart Musical” is set to open in Duisburg, Germany in 2012. He co-composed music and lyrics with Kevin Fisher for the hit musical “Unbeatable: A Bold New Musical”. He has also recorded four of his own CD’s including the critically-acclaimed “Songs My Father Taught Me”.
Along with writing and producing, Schroeder has conducted and arranged for such artists as Angela Lansbury, Nell Carter, Jason Alexander, Rita Coolidge, David Burnham and Sam Harris. He also serves as the vocal director for Disney’s “Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular” and for “Wicked” at Universal Studios Japan. And finally, he is the proud founder of the “Todd Schroeder Young Artist Grant”, an annual scholarship presented to graduating high school students wanting to pursue careers in the arts.