Frederick A. Schipizky was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1952, but has been a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia since 1957. Schipizky studied composition with Elliot Weisgarber and Jean Coulthard at the University of British Columbia graduating with a B. Mus. degree in composition in 1974. From 1974-76 Schipizky was a double bassist with the Victoria Symphony; it was at that time that he worked privately with the composers Murray Adaskin, Harry Freedman, and Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté.
Schipizky then pursued graduate studies at the Juilliard School (1976-78) studying composition with Roger Sessions and David Diamond and double bass with David Walter. At Juilliard he was principal bass of the Juilliard Philharmonia as well as a teaching assistant in music theory. He graduated with an M.Mus. in composition and performance in 1978. That same year he won a position as double bassist with the Vancouver Symphony, a position he still holds today. He received the Doctor of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto in 1994 studying with John Beckwith and John Hawkins
Schipizky has been a faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music and Douglas College. He has formed a longtime relationship with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; he has acted as an auditioner, composer, conductor, lecturer, as well as having been a member from 1975 to 1977. He has performed with the Montreal Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Purcell String Quartet, and was the principal bass of Vancouver New Music for a decade.
Schipizky’s activities as teacher, performer, conductor, and orchestrator have contributed to his diverse compositional style, a style which maintains keen senses of melody, counterpoint, and harmony each set in colourful orchestration.
Schipizky's works have been performed throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, England and Japan. His orchestral works have been performed on International and Canadian tours. He has received commissions from the Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, CBC Radio, and Expo '86 among many others. He has written many works for celebratory occasions, for example, "Fanfare to the Royal Visit" performed at BC Place Stadium during a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006, Schipizky was commissioned to compose the required work for the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the performance of Canadian music. He was also the first composer in the history of that competition to sit on the jury panel.
He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.
Away from the concert hall, Frederick is an avid golfer who has played many of the historic courses of the world, including St. Andrews Old Course, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Pebble Beach. He is married to violinist Ruth Fagerburg Schipizky and is the proud father of two sons, Anton and Paul.