About Frank – Biography

Frank Horvat – composer & pianist

Emotional and intense, this accomplished multi-genre composer has made the tricky musical leap that allows him to pursue a niche of his own. Frank Horvat gives his audiences time and space to reflect in this fast-paced world. His compositions tell deeply personal stories while permitting audiences to ponder their own.

Whether he writes for his band, the concert stage or film/TV, his music is both aggressive and introspective. The consequence of being born in a world of Gershwin, Glass and Zappa, he’s influenced by the post-modern idea of eclecticism. His compositions have a driving minimalism and a haunting reflection and are most often based on social injustices or the wondrousness of life, love and longing.

With influences from Bach to Beethoven, to Bartók to Bjork, Amos to Glass to Radiohead and Zappa, his portfolio consists of chamber, pop/rock, electronic, musical theatre, film, and large ensemble works. With a continuously growing discography and composition premieres on four continents, his works have been performed in a variety of venues and have been featured in plays, film and on television networks like the CBC & Bravo as well as radio stations internationally.

Making an emotional and/or cerebral connection with an audience is paramount. That is why he feels strongly about performing his own works whenever possible. Solo piano concerts are intense, passionate and engaging.

Released in 2007, his debut recording, “I’ll Be Good“, features thirteen original compositions for solo piano performed by Frank himself. This was followed by a 28-stop concert tour including performances at Nuit Blanche (Toronto) and The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton). His follow-up album, “A Little Dark Music“, released on Earth Hour 2010 contains his compositions inspired by environmental themes. From March 2010 to April 2011, Frank presented “The Green Keys Tour“, a 60+ city concert tour across North America that showcased eco-friendly behaviour and his piece in the dark, Earth Hour. In January 2014 he released his third album entitled, “I Can See You“, for band and electronics. The Frank Horvat Band’s highly anticipated follow-up album, “Strange Machine“, released in late 2014.

Born in Ottawa, now residing in Toronto with his wife/manager, Frank is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), a member of the Canadian League of Composers and is passionate about social issues related to human rights and the environment.

September of 2017 will see an unprecedented week of releases with 4 albums of new music composed by Frank Horvat being released – a neo-romantic chamber album, Me to We; an electro-chamber social justice album, The Current Agenda; an introspective solo piano album, You Haven’t Been; and an avant-ambient pop album, Love in 6 Stages. Learn more about his upcoming projects at frankhorvat.com.