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Vegetables I Eat (photo by Anna Pelzer)

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 […]

Frank Horvat - For Those Who Died Trying - Performed by Mivos Quartet

Big News!

I’m very happy to announce that the recording of my composition, The Thailand HRDs, will be released on ATMA Classique on November 16. The album, recorded by the amazing Mivos Quartet, will be called For Those Who Died Trying. It’s a fitting title as it is the same title of the photo essay by Luke […]

The Green Majority - Eco-Artist Roundtable

Calling All Eco-Artists!

Are you a creative soul who is working (or has worked) on an arts project around the theme of the environment and/or climate change? Would you be interested in talking about it on the radio? If yes and yes, then I want to hear from you! I’ve been invited by the Green Majority, Canada’s only […]

Montrose Avenue, Toronto

The Most Important Day of My Life

When one looks back on one’s life, there are often special days that will jump out – wedding day, birthdays, etc. While I personally have fond memories of traditional days like these, another stands out for me most important of all – September 1, 1993. The day I moved to Toronto! It’s hard to believe […]

Happy Wall (Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash)

14 Things That Make Me Happy

In no particular order… 1. Composing music 2. Sharing music 3. Being with people that I like and appreciate 4. Being healthy and energized 5. Being mindful 6. Planning new adventures 7. New adventures 8. Experiencing other people’s art 9. Getting inspired 10. Going for a walk (anytime, anywhere, any weather) 11. Decluttering 12. Laughing […]

Lions

5 Things I’ve Never Shared Publicly…til now

1. I had a vasectomy 6 years ago. Not sure why I’ve never shared this. It’s nothing I’m ashamed of. In fact, I’m quite proud of it! When Lisa and I decided a number of years ago that we didn’t want to have kids, we decided that this is something I should do. At first, […]

Aug 2018 - World Premiere of Frank Horvat's composition, The Thailand HRDS - photo credit - Jeremy Sale/Protection International

Ultimate Composer Experience (a photo recap)

This week was the world premiere and recording of my composition, The Thailand HRDs, commissioned by Protection International. Based off of the photo essay by Luke Duggleby entitled, For Those Who Died Trying. This collection of pics gives you a look at this amazing experience.

August 6-8 - World Premiere Concert & Recording - The Thailand HRDs - For Those Who Died Trying

BIG Happenings This Week

This week, there’s going to be an amazing flurry of musical activities in my life! It’s all based around the world premiere performance and recording sessions for my composition for string quartet, The Thailand HRDs. This week has been years in the making. It’s such a wonderful feeling to have it all build up to […]

Weddings

Weddings Are Wonderful!

This week, Lisa and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of a good friend. Over the years, we have been fortunate to attend a handful of weddings of close friends. Sometimes, there are gaps between such occurrences. It had been quite a while since we attended our last before this week. All the […]

Chamber Music Pop-up (Photo by Soroush Karimi on Unsplash)

I Have A Great Idea…

…but I don’t have the time to bring it to life on my own. It’s sort of geared to Classical musicians here in Toronto. How many of you know what a pop-up store is? Well, what about a pop-up concert space for chamber music? Toronto has so many awesome store-front spaces in various neighbourhoods that […]

Interactive Classical Concert

From Passivity to Interactivity in Classical Music

So I came across this video… video courtesy of Philip Venables, Ivan Hewitt and The Telegraph Wow, I have never been to a concert like that! It’s so interesting that Zappa was doing stuff like this decades ago but everyone just thought of it as being sort of his “thing”. Is audience interactivity the essential […]

Piano - The Best Instrument (Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash)

6 Reasons Why The Piano Is The Best Instrument

With a lot of my piano students now on summer break, this gives me some time to do something I haven’t done in a while – practice piano. In October, I’d like to perform a full-length recital of some of my recent piano compositions, so the timing to get myself back in shape couldn’t be […]

My Heavy Metal Days

My Destiny….Rock Star!

I think I was around 11 or 12 years of age when I told my parents I wanted to be a musician when I grew up. I didn’t say it with that casual/dreamy tone kids reveal they want to be an astronaut or pro athlete…no, I was VERY serious! And I guess the words of […]