Bio [concert programmes]

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

With a manic drive to create, his discography is continuously growing and his compositions have been premiered on four continents. His works have been performed in a variety of venues and been featured in festivals, plays, film, television networks and radio stations internationally.

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.

He ignores boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art (Musical Toronto). Many of his albums are statements on social issues including The Current Agenda (2017), You Haven’t Been (2017), Strange Machine (2014), A Little Dark Music (2010).

Born in Ottawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife/manager. An Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre and member of the Canadian League of Composers, he’s passionate about issues related to human rights and the environment. Learn about his upcoming projects at frankhorvat.com.

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