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Frank Horvat is one of the most inventive songwriters to come out of the contemporary scene in Canada (WholeNote Magazine). This award-winning composer’s music is emotional and intense. As a multi-genre composer and pianist, he has carved a niche for himself among today’s composers, wearing his fragile heart on his sleeve (CBC Classical). Frank explores a wide array of themes in his music from love to the environment, mental health and social justice issues. He gives his audiences time and space to reflect in this fast-paced world. Frank’s compositions tell deeply personal stories while permitting audiences to ponder their own.

His works have been featured on over twenty albums on labels including ATMA Classique, Azul Music, Leaf Music, and Centrediscs. With composition premieres on four continents, his music has been showcased internationally in theatre, feature films, and radio/TV networks including BBC Radio 3, Bravo, CBC, CBS, Discovery, HBO, Vice, and featured in publications such as Gramophone, The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun.

In 2021, Frank Horvat delivered a powerful testament with the album Music for Self-Isolation, hailed as one of CBC Classical’s top five albums of the year and Ludwig van Toronto’s ‘Year In Review: Classical Gems’. His other release that year, Project Dovetail, garnered acclaim as a ‘must-hear’ album on CBC Music’s Fall selection.

He ignores boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art (Ludwig van Toronto) as many of his composition projects revolve around social issues. He has been a panelist at the Classical:NEXT conference speaking on the topic of ‘Artivism’ and featured in Chris Gunness’ UK Classical Music Magazine podcast.

Born in Ottawa, a graduate in composition from the University of Toronto, he lives and composes by the lake in Toronto with his wife/manager. Frank is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, and the inaugural recipient of the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award for contemporary composition.

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