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Composer, Pianist

Once described by Alan Hovhaness as "One of the most talented and brilliant composers of our time", John Heins and his music  have garnered considerable praise over the past four decades. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Heins’ compositional output includes works for symphonic band and orchestra, as well as numerous solo piano works, chamber music, and concertos. Heins received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He studied composition with Donald O. Johnston and Cecil Effinger.

His compositions have been published by Southern Music, KJOS Music and Ars Nova Music.


A new ballet performed in 2022 by the Idaho Dance Theatre, choreographed by Nathan Powell. Set to Heins' "The Flight Of Icarus" and the finale to "Second Essay".

John Heins was chosen as a FINALIST in the 9th International Film Music Competition, at the 2021 Zurich International Film Festival. 

Here is the entry:

Music by John Heins

Film by David Verges

"Au Revoir Jerome" Music by John Heins, Film  by Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Selnet, Adam Sillard.

Scored for the 2023 Zurich International Film Scoring Competition.

"The Foundling" Music by John Heins, Film by Barney Cokeliss. 

Scored for the 2022 Zurich International Film Scoring Competition

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