fbpx

Go deeper into my world

Pick a channel, any channel!   Ask me a question. Share your thoughts on life and music. Find out more about my journey.

  • Album Release: For Those Who Died Trying

    "These compositions are gifts, tenderly composed and gorgeously played...They are universally moving." - Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

    ATMA Classique presents the world premiere recording of The Thailand HRDs, an epic 35-movement string quartet composed by Frank Horvat, performed by Mivos Quartet Read More

  • #music4HRDs

    String quartets around the world are using their social networks to stand up for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) who have lost their lives as World Human Rights Day approaches. #music4HRDs Read More

  • Submit Your Voice!

    This is your chance to share your voice saying or singing the phrase 'I LOVE YOU' for Frank's next composition. It is easy to submit. Learn more Read More

FRANK HORVAT - Composer · Pianist · Songwriter · Recording Artist · Arranger · Producer

Album Sampler

  1. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  2. The Thailand HRDs, mvt. 23 Mivos Quartet more...
  3. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  4. Void Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:01
  5. Whistleblower Jamie Thompson (flute), Erika Nielsen (cello), Daniel Morphy (marimba), Frank Horvat (electric piano) more... 09:55
  6. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  7. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  8. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  9. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  10. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  11. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  12. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

  • Fake News by Frank Horvat (Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Fake News
    2018 – cello & piano – 6:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes When I was a kid, sometimes I couldn’t help myself but flatulate when in public. The best way to deflect attention from the fact that I had just emitted gaseous matter from my body was to scream, “ooh, who farted???”, as loud […]
    View Item
  • Life Span by Frank Horvat (Photo by Marcus Castro on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Life Span
    2018 – string quartet – 10:10 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes At the time I composed these programme notes for this composition, I had been a living human being on this planet for 44 years, 5 months and 14 days. According to one of those online life expectancy calendars, I can expect to live […]
    View Item
  • Oblivion by Frank Horvat (Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Oblivion
    2018 – string quartet – 8:20 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Oh, how “delightful” to go through life completely oblivious to the world around you. Oblivious to the abuses against our air and water, against the fundamental rights for all humans, against love and compassion. No, you live in this mindless bubble where you […]
    View Item
  • For Those Who Died Trying (photo by Luke Duggleby / Protection International)

    Latest Compositions

    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 70:00 (35-movements, each movement is 2 minutes) Commissioned by Protection International   Recipient of the 2017 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award Happening NOW: #music4HRDs Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: For Those Who Died Trying Date: November 16, 2018 Location: Canterbury Music Co., Toronto Musicians: Mivos Quartet Producer: Frank Horvat Naxos […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    An Understated Resolve
    2014 – solo piano – 3:42 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes This composition is dedicated to a friend who always shows grace, wisdom and an understated resolve – a special […]
    View Item
  • Piano Piece No. 5 by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Piano Piece No. 5
    2015 – 4 hands / 2 pianos – 9:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Piano Piece No. 5 (Frank Horvat) from Millar Piano Duo on Vimeo. Performances World Premiere: November 20, 2017, University of New Hampshire Millar Piano Duo Programme Notes Unlike many of my compositions, this piece is not programmatic, as is evident by the […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Void
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    End
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed End to be […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Fight
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Bliss
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
    View Item
  • Lust by Frank Horvat featuring Laura Swankey (Love in 6 Stages)

    Latest Compositions

    Lust
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Gaze
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
    View Item
  • Heat Island by Frank Horvat (photo by Maxx Miller on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Heat Island
    2017 – piano – 9:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: July 13, 2017, Music & Beyond Festival, Horticulture Building, Ottawa Frank Horvat (piano) Programme Notes When you read the words “Heat Island”, one might imagine “fun-in-the-sun” touristy images or the title of some chintzy Reality TV show. The true reality though is that […]
    View Item
  • Return to East Aleppo

    Latest Compositions

    Return to East Aleppo
    2017 – piano & electronics – 5:12 Recording Album: Never Again Is Now Buy Album: The Aleppo Music Project Musicians: Various including Frank Horvat (piano)   Programme Notes On January 18, 2017, I read an article on BBC News’ web site by journalist, Jeremy Brown, who provided a detailed first-hand account of the return of […]
    View Item
  • Fifth-Ninth Index

    Latest Compositions

    Fifty-Ninth Index
    2015 – electronic – 3:45 Programme Notes I composed this electronic work as my contribution to an online arts project entitled 58 (+1) INDICES ON THE BODY. The project, a collaboration between the AMAE Art Collective, artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto and the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, called on composers to create a work that would […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Despair
    2016 – solo piano – 2:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood I dealt me silently As one perverse–misrepresenting Good In graceless mutiny. Excerpt from […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Distant
    2016 – solo piano – 3:22 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Yes, I can be quite distant. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad. It’s always just been that way ever since […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Longing
    2016 – solo piano – 3:38 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I am constantly longing. Often, I don’t even know what I’m longing for. It’s always festering inside me. Sometimes […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Crossroads Where I Stand
    2015 – solo piano – 3:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Do you ever wish you had taken another path? Made a different important life decision? It is hard standing […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Realizations
    2015 – solo piano – 3:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Often when I’m alone within my own thoughts, I will come to certain rational and/or emotional revelations. Rather than […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Goodbye Louisa
    2015 – solo piano – 4:28 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I was with Louisa for 8 years. In that time, she gave me much room to grow. But she […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Desolate Heart
    2016 – solo piano – 2:43 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I cannot put into words what it feels like to walk through life with emptiness in my heart. My […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Crestfallen
    2016 – solo piano – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Bury me whole in Autumn leaves, In golden clusters lay me down, Inhaling the damp brown decay. For Autumn […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Just One Moment
    2015 – for one piano, three hands – 2:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Do you ever get that slight glimmer of hope? It’s not to be confused with joy […]
    View Item
  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    My Fractured Soul
    2016 – for two pianos, four hands – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I often feel broken on the inside. Then The Voice starts to encourage me, pushing me […]
    View Item
  • Love in 6 Stages

    DISCOGRAPHY

    Love in 6 Stages
    From Gaze to Lust to Bliss and on in a downward spiral, Love in 6 Stages takes you through the journey of an ill-fated relationship using the simplicity of voice and piano.
    Video: Lust
    Buy Album

    "A work where minimalism meets art song and where the two milieus collide in the visceral physicality and psychology of love...the six aspects of love turn into something superbly aerodynamic."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • You Haven't Been

    DISCOGRAPHY

    You Haven't Been
    A follow-up response to Horvat’s first solo piano album a decade earlier (I’ll Be Good), You Haven’t Been takes on a beautiful and captivating tone. Introspective, full of hope and despair, the music looks at this storytelling pianist’s own struggles with mental health.
    Video: Diverging Crossroads
    Buy Album

    "...so deeply personal that listening to the music requires an intrusive mindset…recording the events of this long and difficult expedition in deeply personal and profoundly beautiful music."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • The Current Agenda

    DISCOGRAPHY

    The Current Agenda
    Social justice music of today, in a powerful, brutal and heartfelt electro-chamber package.
    Video: 08/14/13 - Cairo
    Buy Album

    "Horvat focuses his outward vision and glares at the world in all its nakedness. What he sees results in music filled with anger, a mesmeric and hypnotic visual account of a world gone mad."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • Me to We

    DISCOGRAPHY

    Me to We
    An utterly emotional exploration of the potency of love. The music will wrench your heart apart and then piece it back together again.
    Video: I Wait For You
    Buy Album

    "...warm sounds that evoke healing, through music that is mysterious and exotic as well as long limbed and almost aria like without the vocals." – WholeNote Magazine
  • Strange Machine

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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. Pure energy that comes straight out of your speakers directly into your heart and soul. Video: Strange Machine
    Buy Album

    "These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of." – Indie Music Review
  • I Can See You

    DISCOGRAPHY

    I Can See You
    A little indie and a little art rock... Pop, poetry and modern expression in a beautifully pained existence. Video: Inspired by the One I Love
    Buy Album

    "The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic…"
  • A LIttle Dark Music

    DISCOGRAPHY

    A Little Dark Music
    An ambient yet powerful collection of compositions featuring four introspective tracks exploring real-world themes. Video: Earth Hour
    Buy Album

    "Earth Hour really should be heard as one continuous piece, a journey... Highly recommended."
    - WholeNote Magazine
  • I'll Be Good

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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!
    Buy Album

    "Wildly original, often chaotic, eclectic as all get-out, and quite a ride."
  • Concert Hall (Photo by Radek Grzybowski on Unsplash)

    Recent Posts

    Stop Celebrating Composition Premieres!
    I recently attended the opening night of the Royal Conservatory’s 21C New Music Festival. It was a great evening of music by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and featured compositions by the likes of Terry Riley (who was present) and several amazing and dynamic Canadian composers. Before the concert began, RCM’s Executive Director of Performing Arts, […]
    View post
  • Fasting Week 2 - Frank Horvat

    Recent Posts

    New Year. New Gut. New Resolve – PART 2
    Follow-up to last week’s post…week 2 of the intense fast/cleanse is complete and since I’m physically able to type this post, I guess I survived:)! After a week 1 that featured just water and plain soup broth, week 2 felt like such a delight since I was able to eat one different green vegetable per […]
    View post
  • My 7-day Fast (Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash)

    Recent Posts

    New Year. New Gut. New Resolve
    I spent a 7-day transition from 2018 to 2019 executing an intense fast/cleanse. The one and only time I had fasted was 20 years ago but I did not last a full week. This time I did, living off of water and soup broth. To say that this was an incredibly demanding physical and mental […]
    View post
  • Piano Christmas

    Recent Posts

    ‘Tis the Season to Reflect, Celebrate and Give Thanks
    As I write this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table looking at the Christmas tree that my wife and I lovingly decorate every year and a nice little red poinsettia that a friend brought over to our condo earlier this week. Yes, it’s official…I’m in the Christmas spirit! Whoever decided that Christmas should take place […]
    View post
  • Beverley Johnston and Frank Horvat at the What Goes Around recording session

    Recent Posts

    What Goes Around… Sticks Edition
    On Thursday we recorded piece #3 on my upcoming album, What Goes Around… This piece is appropriately named Wood and Metal Bars. Here’s the Wood… marimba: vibraphone: And, the metal… xylophone: glockenspiel: What do they all have in common? Sticks, lots and lots of different kinds of hitting instruments made from yarn, rubber and who […]
    View post
  • #music4HRDs - For Those Who Died Trying

    Recent Posts

    What an Album Release!
    On November 16th, we released Frank’s 9th album, For Those Who Died Trying… and what a release it has been (and continues to be)! In just two weeks, almost 30,000 people have listened to the album… and that’s just on Spotify! Frank’s done three radio interviews (The Classical Underground, Song Talk Radio, The David Dalle […]
    View post
  • For Those Who Died Trying album by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet

    Recent Posts

    At the finish line, something new begins
    One can expect that the week leading up to an album release would be hectic. I should know since I’ve done it 8 previous times. But releasing For Those Who Died Trying was the mother of all hectics! But in a good way. These past 8 days, I don’t think I had more than 4-5 […]
    View post
  • Som Hompornma and Tongnuan Kamjen (photo credit Luke Duggleby / Protection International)

    Recent Posts

    #music4HRDs
    Ever start working on something that started off all “normal” and under control but then started to get crazy exciting and borderline-out-of-control?!? That might be what I’m feeling right now. With the new album, For Those Who Died Trying, soon to be released on November 16, it quickly became apparent that the subject matter was […]
    View post
  • Toronto Bucket List

    Recent Posts

    Toronto Bucket List
    I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years and I feel like I’ve experienced everything that this city has to offer. But after giving it some thought, there’s definitely some places and events I would so very much like to experience… 1. Leafs Game @ Scotiabank Arena – Back in the 1990s, I was fortunate to […]
    View post
  • Light thru the trees (Photo by Philipp Pilz on Unsplash)

    Recent Posts

    Various Things I’m Telling Myself…
    …this week in order to keep my spirits up: When I reach out to others asking for something, it’s not begging, it’s providing information. Even though I don’t think there’s hope in my future, there actually is…as long as I tell myself that there is. If a friend unfriends me on social media, it’s not […]
    View post
  • What Goes Around album by Frank Horvat

    Recent Posts

    Introducing What Goes Around
    One of the cool parts of my musical life is the cycles. Projects are ending and others are beginning all at the same time. And each are at various stages of development. It keeps life fresh and exciting. As we gear up to have For Those Who Died Trying released next month, we’re already starting […]
    View post
  • Condo Rules

    Recent Posts

    Don’t Urinate On My Building!
    The Toronto condo in which I live is overseen by a very thorough and competent property manager and staff. Our condo board has bylaws in place and the property manager is like a focussed, stone-faced sheriff from a Western enforcing the law. At times, if any resident strays off course in respecting the rules, they […]
    View post
  • Frank Horvat Facebook Chat

    Recent Posts

    Music, Mental Health and Life
    In anticipation of my Piano Therapy Concert in Toronto this coming Wednesday Oct 10, I decided to chat with friends on Facebook this past week about my experiences of conquering depression and leading a happy and healthy life…
    View post
  • Talking with kids about depression (Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash)

    Recent Posts

    Talking with Kids About Depression
    Last weekend, I was teaching one of my piano students. At the end of their lesson, my student’s mom came in to ask me about my upcoming piano concert here in Toronto on October 10. She expressed their interest but wanted to ask me if the concert would be appropriate for my student to attend? […]
    View post
  • Vegetables I Eat (photo by Anna Pelzer)

    Recent Posts

    Vegetables I Eat Everyday
    I don’t consider myself a foodie. However, I do consider food to be one of the most essential facets to my health & well-being. Battling Crohns and other auto-immune issues means that I follow a VERY strict diet. I’m “-free” everything: gluten, dairy, grain, legumes, alcohol, caffeine, pork, fish, and probably more things I can’t […]
    View post

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.

  • Raul da GamaRaul da Gamathewholenote.com

    Frank Horvat is one of the most inventive song writers to come out of the contemporary scene in Canada. ...duos appear to tear through the composer's innards not simply to discover his heart, but to gather its myriad pieces and bind them back together again. Horvat's work is exquisitely eventful and almost insidiously
    effective.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Toronto pianist [and composer] Frank Horvat likes to do things his way, not anyone else's. He ignores genre boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art.

  • ThomThom Ellisindie music review

    These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of.

Stay in the Know! Get My Monthly Newsletter

BONUS: Enter Your Email, Get A FREE MP3!

(Have no fear, you can always unsubscribe when you receive the newsletter. And, it goes without staying, your email stays just between us.)

Follow me on Twitter

Latest Videos on YouTube