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Mivos Quartet

Great News, But Now What?

This week, I received wonderful news that the Mivos Quartet has agreed to collaborate with me in bringing my large-scale string quartet project, The Thailand HRDs, to musical life. Mivos will come to Toronto in August to spend 2 days in the studio to record all 35-movements. At present, we’re working really hard to also […]

Concert at Gallery 345 with Frank Horvat

The Problem with Classical Electronic Music

One of the exciting reasons I enjoy being both a creator and connoisseur of modern classical music is that we live in a unique time where new music can be presented with live acoustic instruments accompanied by pre-recorded electronics that the instrumentalist plays along to – think of it like really artsy karaoke:)! This tradition […]

Birthday 2018

Sharing My Birthday

I can’t remember having such an enjoyable birthday like I did this past week. Lisa made me pancakes, we went out for dinner and we enjoyed the AGO’s First Thursday soirée for the first time – it was an awesome day. So many best wishes from friends and family – I feel loved! Being strangely […]

The Green Keys Tour - St Johns

Should Churches Host Concerts?

…or the more pertinent question…are churches the best places to hear live music? I’ve been thinking about this lately as my friend, Liz Parker, is pretty adamant that performances of classical music would be better attended if they avoid churches. As Liz stated in a recent conversation on Facebook, “church is associated with somewhere you […]

Frank Horvat - kid pics

A Series of Random Musical Events

When I was 5 years old, my parents and I visited the home of one of my dad’s co-workers. His daughter played the organ. I was completely enamored with the sound and wanted to be able to play. I demanded that of my parents. They obliged by buying my a dinky keyboard at Consumer’s Distributing. […]

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Where I’d Like To Go!

Last week, I made a list of countries I have been fortunate to visit on this planet. While I’m very much a home body and creature of routine, I do enjoy traveling. There’s so much emotional and creative enrichment in seeing different places and experiencing different cultures and ways of life. Looking back, the 19 […]

Around the world (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

Countries I Have Visited…So Far

Canada, specifically… Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan United States of America, specifically… Arizona California Connecticut Delaware Florida Illinois Indiana Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island Utah Virginia Washington District of Columbia Belize Costa Rica Mexico Australia, […]

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Hermit Crab

I Continue To Surprise Myself…

I continue to surprise myself emotionally. I always feel I would be most happy to be a loner. Every time I’m in the position of interacting with my fellow human in the various hats I wear in my life, I always dread the lead up to it. I just want to be home and by […]

Concert Warm-Up - Frank Horvat

What’s the Use of Playing Live Anymore?

I’m presently contemplating whether or not I should do another piano concert tour. Perhaps not such a large scale one like the Green Keys Tour, but still something substantive that would take up a lot of time to organize, rehearse and execute. While my personal enthusiasm to share my music first-hand remains very strong, I […]

Turtle Underwater (Photo by Cédric Frixon on Unsplash)

They Weren’t the Greatest Generation… We Are!

Recently, I watch a documentary on Netflix called Mission Blue. It chronicles the life work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, acclaimed marine biologist who has worked ceaselessly to research and advocate for the protection of the world’s oceans. If you are a Netflix subscriber, I can’t recommend enough that you watch this documentary. It gave me […]

Mr. Christie Cookie Factory Demolition

Mr. Christie’s, You’d Make Good Music!

The big debate in my South Etobicoke neighbourhood in Toronto is what should be done development-wise with the HUGE swath of land that was formerly the Mr. Christie’s cookie plant. I know it’s huge because I can see it out my condo window. Demolition crews have been tearing down the buildings for months now, and […]

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Impressions of San Francisco

It’s been a week since Lisa and I returned from our mini-vacation to San Francisco. As I get back into the regular routine of life this week, the trip seems to be well back in the rear view mirror. But there’s still wonderful memories of a wonderful week. First off, why San Francisco? Well, at […]

Hopes for the New Year 2018 (Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash)

My Hopes for 2018

A New Year is upon us. I’m not much for resolutions but I do often use this time of year to be forward thinking about what I want to happen in the upcoming new year. And this Holiday Season is no different. Sometimes it’s easy be to pessimistic about the future. But because of my […]

Christmas Tree

What Christmas Means To Me

So here we are…another Christmas Season and it never get’s mundane. Even though I’m not religious and I was born and raised in a super small family (only child and no extended family), Christmas has always been a special time for me. Growing up in Ottawa with my parents, the home would always be a […]