Jim Hiscott (b. St. Catharines, Ont. in 1948) began music composition after earning a Master's Degree in Theoretical Particle Physics. He studied with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music and David Lidov at York University. He is the recipient of the Creative Arts Award of the Canadian Federation of University Women. His compositions have been performed in North and South America, Europe and Asia by many artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Winnipeg, Montreal, Edmonton, and Hamilton Symphony Orchestras, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Molinari String Quartet, Arraymusic, the Orpheus Winds, the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Rivka Golani and Lori Freedman; and in series and festivals such as the WSO New Music Festival, the Vancouver New Music Society, the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, the Scotia Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Philadelphia's Relâche series, Festa Musica Nova in São Paulo Brazil, and the Malaga Contemporary Music Festival in Spain.
He has performed his own works for button accordion across Canada and in the U.S., including with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and in the Vancouver New Music Society series; and his pieces for Balinese gender wayang quartet with Maya Gender in the WSO New Music Festival, GroundSwell New Music Series and the Western Front in Vancouver. STRING QUARTET #2 from his CBC Records CD "Blue Ocean" was nominated for Outstanding Classical Composition at the Western Canadian Music Awards.