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  • Strange Machine

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    Strange Machine
    This album is indie rock with a splash of art. Crafted like a playlist, try listening to the whole album to see its effect..
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  • I Can See You

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    I Can See You
    A little indie and a little art rock... Pop, poetry and modern expression in a beautifully pained existence.
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  • I'll Be Good

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    I'll Be Good
    An aggressive and virtuosic collection of original solo piano compositions. These pieces without words tell deeply personal stories. Video: Like Franz Liszt and Metallica in a cage match!
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    "Wildly original, often chaotic, eclectic as all get-out, and quite a ride."
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    Featuring four introspective tracks with an ambient tone, this collection of original piano compositions explore real world themes like the environment, poverty and Sept 11. Includes Earth Hour, a 60-minute continuous composition inspired by and best experienced in the dark.
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    This deeply melancholic yet powerful pop ballad brings a voice to the invisible pain of loss, isolation and loneliness that exist as we age.
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  • Honour and Reality by Frank Horvat

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    Honour and Reality
    2014 – for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella – 6:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, I used the creation of this piece as a means to imagine what it must have been like, both on the home front […]
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  • For MOO by Frank Horvat

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    For MOO
    2014 – for solo piano – 3:41 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes Dedicated to someone I know who shows much grace and wisdom…someone I admire greatly. - Frank Horvat LT#109
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  • What the Walls Feel as they Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office by Frank Horvat

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    What the Walls Feel as they…
    …Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office 2013 – for clarinet choir – 9:00 Eb, 1st Bb (at least 2 players), 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), Alto, Bass, Contrabass (optional) OR 1st Bb, 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), 3rd Bb (at least 2 players), 1st Bass, 2nd Bass Sheet Music Version 1: […]
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  • Timelapse - photo © Patricia Byers McPhail

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    Timelapse
    2013 – for orchestra – 7:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo                     Photo courtesy of Patricia Byers McPhail Programme Notes Inspired the feverish pace of any big city and the artistic photography and videography that captures that frenzied-ness. - Frank Horvat LT#095
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  • Sunflower by Frank Horvat; photography by Andreas Krappweis

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    Sunflower
    2014 – marimba, piano, optional sound effects at the end of the piece – 6:00 Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes This composition is a musical memorial to those who perished on Flight MH17. Surrounded by the insanity created by man, a beautiful farmer’s sunflower field was their final resting place. - Frank Horvat LT#110
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  • diskriminatsiya by Frank Horvat

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    diskriminatsiya
    2014 – flutes & pre-recorded audio/electronics – 11:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: August 26, 2014, London, UK Samantha Chang (flute) Christopher Lee (flute) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes The issue of LGBT discrimination in Russia was never very prevalent on my social justice radar. After all, I’m straight, not gay. I live […]
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  • Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes by Frank Horvat

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    Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes
    2013 – violin & piano – 14:30 Sheet Music 1st Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 2nd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 3rd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: June 24, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Zornitsa Radionova (piano) Movements: 1. Ruthless (4:30) 2. Master Manipulator (5:00) 3. Brilliant (5:00) […]
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  • The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour

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    The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour
    2014 – for period instruments – 2 violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord – 12:00 Sheet Music Score: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 1 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 2 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th […]
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  • The Man, The Snake and The Fox

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    The Man, The Snake and The Fox
    2013-14 – for violin, various native courtship flutes, piano, native drum – 7 movements 15:30 in total duration Sheet Music Score – 1st Movement (pdf) Flute Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Violin Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Piano Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Score – 2nd Movement (pdf) Score – 3rd Movement (pdf) Score – […]
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  • Typhoon Haiyan. Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT

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    If Not Us, Then Who?
    2014 – for clarinet, cello, piano, pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: March 8, 2014 Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) Other Performances: July 12, 2014, Musideum Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) MIDI Demo Programme Notes From November 26 to December 6, 2012, seventeen thousand people gathered […]
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    Life For Mars
    2013 – for solo piano – 4:53 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premieres: November 14 & 23, 2013 Vlada Mars (piano) Musideum, Toronto & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver Recording July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes I’ve had an opportunity to see Vancouver pianist and composer, Vlada Mars, a number of times here […]
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    08/14/13 – Cairo
    2013 – for bass clarinet, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 12:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: February 27, 2014 Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence in the crackdown on protesters in Cairo, Egypt on […]
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    Whistleblower
    2013 – for flute, cello, marimba, electric piano – 9:47 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Electric Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 3, 2013 Marie Bennett (flute), Dorothy Deen (cello), Ben Wahlund (marimba), Mi-Yound Chun Kim (electric piano) Naperville Chamber Players, Warrenville Illinois Recording MIDI Demo […]
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    Do You Know Me?
    2013 – for soprano, violin, cello & piano – 6:55 composed by Frank Horvat & Katya Tchoubar Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 3, 2013 Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano) Casa Loma, Toronto Canada […]
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    Parents’ Expectations
    2013 – for viola, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 10:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes The piece is inspired by a documentary I watched online about the life of Steve Reich. In one part of the doc, Reich recounts the divorce of his parents and how his father disapproved […]
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    Lac-Mégantic
    2013 – for solo piano – 10:39 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 23, 2013 Lisa Tahara (piano) Music Mondays, Toronto Canada » View Video Other Performances: June 15, 2014 Lisa Tahara (piano) Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Dec 10, 2014 Lisa Tahara (piano) Arts & Letters Club, Toronto […]
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    2012 – for voice & piano – 4:40 music by Frank Horvat, words by Adam C. Nihmey Recording Album: The Dignity Song Buy Song: iTunes & CDBaby Date: April 14, 2013 Location: Raven Street Studios, Ottawa Musicians: Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat Mixing/Mastering: Jean Martin   Programme Notes This deeply melancholic […]
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  • Composition

    Wasteland 2
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:08 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics My bed’s getting cold as the alarm clock rings The sun’s shining in with purpose of day […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Was My Time Worth It?
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I sung it over […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Waiting…in Three Chords
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:35 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Waiting by the phone For messages and codes Pretty pigments […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    This is a Story
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:08 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (vocals & keys) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Well, this is a story of I don’t know what About things from the […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    The Hurting Game
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 1:36 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin  
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Sun and Rain
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I remember when the […]
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  • Composition

    Song for the Bluebird
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:28 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics Just between you and me Can you see The lines of life Have broken down But who’s around to […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    John’s Suggestion
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:49 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics John has made the suggestion The suggestion […]
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  • Take From Me by The Frank Horvat Band

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    VIDEO: Take From Me – this week’s #12wksofmusic song!
    This is the last track off my new album, Strange Machine, and it finishes the album off with a punch! Don’t let it knock you down! Watch The Video for Take From Me:
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  • The Drill by The Frank Horvat Band

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    VIDEO: The Drill from the album Strange Machine
    Last week’s #12wksofmusic song now has a disturbing lyric video to go with it. I wrote this song the day my Dad was going to the dentist for some major work. But, now that I look at the words again, I think the song is more about me… that makes it even more disturbing!! If […]
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  • Video: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    VIDEO: Strange Machine featured in the #12wksofmusic
    Strange Machine is the name of the album and it’s the name of this piece. It was this piece that inspired the whole concept for the album. I basically wrote the album with the idea that this would be the first track and that every other song would fit in in its own way one […]
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  • Frank Horvat warming in the Utah sun

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    Wasteland 2 is #TuneInTuesdays New Song
    We are already on week 3(!) of the #12wksofmusic. And, no, the picture above isn’t a wasteland at all. It’s an absolutely beautiful place that is warm and sunny – the exact opposite of the theme for this week’s song. Wasteland 2 is number 2 in a series of poems about those feelings we sometimes […]
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  • Bushel of Apples - Ultimate Killing Machine Video

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    Ultimate Killing Machine & a bushel of apples #TuneInTuesdays
    The Twelve Week’s of Music continues with Week 2! You know the answer to the ol’ what do you do when life gives you lemons bit. Well, what do you do if it gives you apples instead? We were under big time constraints to make a lyric video for Ultimate Killing Machine. And, in the […]
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  • fishworshipper by The Frank Horvat Band

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    VIDEO: #TuneInTuesdays – Week 1 of The Twelve Weeks of Music
    Welcome to The Twelve Week’s of Music! Since the holiday spirit is just starting to soak in, I’ve decided to begin ‘The Twelve Week’s of Music’ and introduce you to one of my songs each week. You’ll get to listen, watch and find out new and who knows, maybe disturbing, details about each of these […]
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  • Strange Machine CD by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Strange Machine Album Release Day!
    Today is the day. It is now the 4th time I’ve had a CD release day and, I get the same feeling in the pit of my stomach and think, ‘will anyone ever listen or like this music?’ You make music for yourself but then when you put it on a CD, you’re making it […]
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  • Just Arrived! The Frank Horvat Band's new album, Strange Machine

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    Unleashing 10 new songs into the world
    Composing and recording an album is a heavenly space to be in as a musician although it’s often a long process filled with many ups and downs. It energizes and it sucks energy (and money) from you. By the time it’s over you’re a little burnt out and happy to get on with the next […]
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  • Frank Horvat recording in home studio

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    Much music to write, so little time
    There is so much music I have yet to write and I realized not too long ago that there is so little time left to do it. You know that feeling when you have so much to say, so much to contribute, but not enough time? That was the scary/sad realization I had over a […]
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  • Lighthouse Walk

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    Aaah, the Summer of 2012
    That was my Summer of 69. Yes, 2012 was my best summer ever. All I want to do in life is create… but there’s never enough time. It was probably the summer of 2012 that inspired Lisa and I to create a 5-year plan. As fellow artist, John Campbell, knows, yes, we’ve made a plan. […]
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    I’m in a New York State of Mind
    I’m in a Holiday Inn in the lower east side of New York City. Looking out the window, I see rooftops characteristic of what I’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows. NYC has such a vibrancy and rapid pace that’s really unequalled anywhere else. People here are friendly but direct. To be blunt, they […]
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  • Song Talk Radio

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    Who Missed Frank’s Radio Interview?
    The Song Talk Radio guys – Phil, Bruce & Neel – invited Frank onto the show to talk about his song, Waiting…in Three Chords. Seems they had lots of fun talking about song structure and debating whether Frank’s song is more of a pop song or a classically-based song. What do you think?
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  • Frank Horvat & Jean Martin in the recording studio for the album I Can See You

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    Back to the Studio!
    This week, producer, Jean Martin and I are back to work on the 2nd album for The Frank Horvat Band. I know, not much rest since the first album just came out in January, but the creative juices were pumping this spring and I have a lot of new and exciting musical ideas I’d like […]
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  • It's My 40th Birthday!

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    I’m 40!?
    Huh? I haven’t given this much thought. It kind of sneaks up on you doesn’t it? I’ve always had that gnawing feeling in my gut that time is running out (that’s pretty much what my new album, I Can See You, is all about) but should 40 make that feeling worse or has nothing changed? […]
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  • Earth Hour

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    Earth Hour… Nooooo #momentofdarkness
    I’ve been participating or you could say, celebrating, WWF’s Earth Hour from the start. One year they invited me to play an Earth Hour party and that’s when I realized that music sounds different in the dark. [more on that party here] That experience inspired me to write a 60-minute soundtrack for the night. Over […]
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Reviews

  • Stuart DerdeynStuart Derdeyntheprovince.com

    ...put something together that really can be compared to Pink Floyd and the more out there aspects of Bjork... A must hear.

  • Cyrus RhodesCyrus Rhodesmusemuse.com

    The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic. The CD
    [I Can See You] works best for those who want musical ambiance to fill their sonic space. I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Frank Horvat is one of the few pianists whose living includes performing the music they themselves have created. It’s interesting that, during these anniversary years for Chopin and Liszt, the two seminal composer-pianists, I haven’t noticed many people stopping to appreciate those who carry on that tradition.

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