Born in Colorado, raised in Arizona, Heide began violin at age 11 and holds a Masters of Music Performance and Pedagogy from ASU School of Music, where her most influential teachers included Danwen Jiang, Katie McClin, and the late William Magers. Heide studied in New York at Meadowmount Conservatory with Charles Avsharian and Skye Carmen, and in Minneapolis with Sally O’Reilly. Heide’s most influential Celtic fiddling teacher is Randal Bays. She’s performed in many symphonies, and stage orchestras including Trans-Siberian Orchestra, West Coast Music’s Impulse Band, and for renowned artists such as Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, and jazz violinist Regina Carter. As a Celtic fiddler, she has performed with The Black Donnelly’s and Celtic Nation, Blaggards, Stephen Walsh at Trinity Bar in Dublin, Ireland, Sea Merchants, and The Spirited Lads. In the country music scene, Heide’s highlight performances include performing with TAD Management’s Nashville Gold History of Country Music Show, The Glen Campbell Story and Rhinestone Country, and with DaisyTrain at Super Bowl XLIX Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Concert Series, and as the VIP band for Alan Jackson. Heide maintains a private teaching studio in Arizona and teaches lessons online.
March 15th, 2022 | 25 mins 29 secs
Fiddler Heide Riggs is back for Paddy's Week in Dallas & Houston, more songs to erase from history, awkward fan encounters
January 18th, 2022 | 25 mins 59 secs
We're joined this week by fiddler Heide Riggs, who played with us at OK ScotsFest last year, and will joining us again for two weeks this March.