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Brahm Goldhamer, Meredith Hall and Frank Horvat

FRACTURES Rehearsal

After a year of creative work together, it was such a pleasure for me to attend the rehearsals of my good friend and acclaimed soprano, Meredith Hall, and eminent collaborative pianist and vocal coach, Brahm Goldhamer. Meredith is rehearsing a large-scale song cycle for voice and piano that I composed for her called Fractures. The […]

In Chilliwack by the Fraser River

Observing More Rivers

Lisa and I just spent a wonderful week outside the city of Chilliwack. It’s a 90-minute bus ride east of Vancouver. We gave ourselves this secluded work retreat following an amazing eventful week in Vancouver. We rented an AirBnB overlooking the mighty Fraser River and a beautiful mountain range. It was important for us to […]

Intro by composer Frank Horvat for Vancouver Bach Choir Premiere

Memories of Self-Isolation Premiere

One day when I look back at my blessed life, the week I just spent in Vancouver will certainly be part of that reflection. My collaboration with Leslie Dala and the Vancouver Bach Choir on the premiere of my cantata, Memories of Self-Isolation, culminated on Saturday with a spectacular dress rehearsal and performance at St. […]

Conductor Leslie Dala and VBC soloists Sarah Jo Kirsch and Fabiana Katz

Rehearsing Memories of Self-Isolation

It was a very special evening for me to attend the Vancouver Bach Choir‘s rehearsal of my cantata, Memories of Self-Isolation. After spending 4 months earlier this year composing and living with this material, I can’t put it into words how special it is to hear actual voices singing it. At times, I was giddy, […]

Sharlene Wallace and Frank Horvat recording demos for Trees.Listen

Co-Composing Trees.Listen

What a wonderful way to spend a day with my friend, harpist, Sharlene Wallace! We recorded some demos for our project, Trees.Listen, a collection of pieces for solo lever harp and fixed electronics. Our suite is inspired by the enlightening book, To Speak for the Trees, by acclaimed medical biochemist and botanist, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger. […]

An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene - Project Announcement

An Update on the Last Days of the Holocene

Last week, I was fortunate to spend a week in Ontario’s beautiful rural countryside with the ground-breaking and innovative percussion-piano duo, SHHH!! Ensemble. Edana and Zac have commissioned me to compose a new large-scale artivist composition on the theme of climate change. We used this opportunity to park ourselves at Port William Sound to dream […]

Memories of Self-Isolation - Vancouver Bach Choir

Memories of Self-Isolation – 1 Month To Go!

Composing, revising and scoring is complete. Rehearsals are underway. Tickets are on sale. Hard to believe that the premiere performance by the Vancouver Bach Choir is just one month away! This has been a major and wonderful project in my life this past year. VBC commissioned me to compose this cantata for vocal soloists, chorus […]

Piano Therapy Virtual Tour by composer and pianist Frank Horvat

Starting the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour

I am pleased to announce that production work is now complete for the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour and we are ready to begin! The tour is a series of hybrid events featuring the private screening of my solo piano concert film where I perform my compositions based on my own challenges and successes battling depression. […]

Odin Quartet with Frank Horvat at Canterbury Music recording studio

From Oblivion to Hope…album recorded!

After 2 consecutive intense days at the Canterbury Music Company, my recording sessions with the Odin Quartet are now complete! Along with one day of recording in July, we’ve collectively recorded 9 of my compositions for string quartet that will make up an album called ‘From Oblivion to Hope’. The album will have a serious […]

Fractures with soprano Meredith Hall and composer Frank Horvat

FRACTURES Update

For the past year, I have been working with my good friend and acclaimed soprano, Meredith Hall, on a large-scale song cycle for voice and piano called Fractures. It has been a wonderful collaboration as I have been sharing the 13 songs and getting her feedback as I completed each. That phase in our collaboration […]

An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene - Project Announcement

New Climate Music Project with SHHH!! Ensemble

I am thrilled to announce that the ground-breaking and innovative percussion-piano duo, SHHH!! Ensemble, has commissioned me to compose a new large-scale artivist composition on the theme of climate change. With the working title, An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene, this composition will index those sounds of our destructive past and […]

Collaborators - Frank Horvat - Sharlene Wallace - Jean Martin

Trees.Listen is Underway

My collaboration with my friend, Sharlene Wallace, is underway! We spent a great afternoon at Jean Martin‘s studio recording samples that will eventually work itself into our co-composition for solo lever harp and fixed electronics. Called Trees.Listen, this suite is inspired by the enlightening book, To Speak for the Trees, by acclaimed medical biochemist and […]

More Rivers with Christina Petrowska Quilico and composer Frank Horvat

Announcing ‘More Rivers’

I’m filled with joy to share the news that celebrated pianist and Order of Canada recipient, Christina Petrowska Quilico, has commissioned me to compose a new suite of solo piano pieces called More Rivers. Christina and I share a passion for the environment. More Rivers will be constructed with overlapping looping textures evoking the flow […]

Trees.Listen - Sharlene Wallace and Frank Horvat

Introducing Trees.Listen

I am happy to announce a new project and collaboration with my friend, Sharlene Wallace. We’re going to co-compose a suite of pieces for solo lever harp and fixed electronics. Called Trees.Listen, the music is inspired by the enlightening book, To Speak for the Trees, by acclaimed medical biochemist and botanist, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Diana […]

Odin Quartet premieres Frank Horvat's piece - Hope

From Oblivion to Hope…the premiere!

The next phase in my extensive collaboration with the Odin Quartet was a smashing success! It was a pleasure to attend their Music Mondays concert where they presented the world premiere performance of Hope, a work Odin commissioned dedicated to the idea that our collective humanity still has much to feel optimism about, despite our […]