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Frank Horvat with flutist Jamie Thompson

4 Albums 1 Week is Over…THANK YOU!

Usually when I write my blog posts, I very rarely struggle to find the right words to express what I’m feeling. But on this occasion, it’s different. In a nutshell, I’m overwhelmed! I’m overwhelmed by all the kind words and sharing of emotions on how the new music from the 4 new albums has made […]

Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – Love in 6 Stages

Album Release Week culminates today with the premiere of Love in 6 Stages! This was such a fun album to write and make because it was the only vocal album of the 4 (Me to We, The Current Agenda, You Haven’t Been), it’s also the only “pop” oriented of the 4 and it’s also the […]

You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – You Haven’t Been

Album 3 of 4 for Release Week (here’s #1 & #2) is a solo piano album called, You Haven’t Been. Of the 4, it’s the most personal since all the pieces are inspired by my long-term battle with depression and anxiety. All 13 pieces on this album were written over the last 4 or 5 […]

The Current Agenda - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – The Current Agenda

Album Release Week takes a major turn today with the unveiling of The Current Agenda. While yesterday was all about sharing the themes of love and togetherness, today is all about using the power of music to bring awareness to some of the major injustices in our world. The 6 compositions that make-up The Current […]

Me to We - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – Me to We

Album Release Week kicks off today with Me to We, an album of three of my chamber compositions in the neo-romantic vain. It’s sort of a rarity to release an album so short in duration in the classical world (under 30 minutes) but it always felt right to compile only these 3 pieces into one […]

Frank Horvat's Album #ReleaseWeek - Sept 18-22

What’s Happening Next Week on #ReleaseWeek?

Starting this Monday, Sept 18, I’ll be doing something a little “different” in the world of music…I’ll be releasing 4 new albums of my compositions on 4 consecutive days! The stars seemed to align for me to get all these projects off the ground at the same time. But more than fate, everything culminating to […]

Melissa Hui - And blue sparks burn

Reliving 9/11 Through Beautiful Music

This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the first in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. As we now recognize the 16th Anniversary of 9/11, it’s only fitting to consider Melissa Hui’s poignant work, And blue […]

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No More Football For Me!

As many of you might know, I’m a huge sports fan – always have been for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my earliest memories in life is watching a hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks at a family friend’s home when I was just 3 years old. […]

Love Again - Photo by Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash

Dear Hater

Dear Hater, There’s been a lot of talk about you lately. You feel courageous to speak out, to share your thoughts, to have your voice heard. You want your white skin to be respected and revered. You want things to be the way they used to, you want “America to be great again”. There’s no […]

1 week, 1 composer, 4 albums - life, love, war

Mark Your Calendars – New Albums Sept 18-21

This crazy musical odyssey of releasing 4 different albums of music all at once has been 2 years in the making. In my world, 24 months is a long time for these types of projects to be lingering. And while I’ll admit that working on the 4 albums was a very fulfilling experience (especially because […]

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins

The Worst Singer Is Still A Great Musician

“Some may say that I couldn’t sing, but no one can say that I didn’t sing.” – Florence Foster Jenkins This is my 2nd blog post in a row where watching a film has prompted me to think about life. Last week, it was A Man Called Ove and this week it’s Florence Foster Jenkins. […]

The fear of being alone

The Fear of Being Alone

This week I watched a Swedish film on Netflix called A Man Called Ove. It is absolutely fantastic – I highly recommend it! Ove’s a loner and a curmudgeon to the outside world, but inside, is in complete emotional agony over the recent passing of his wife. So much so that he attempts suicide. I […]

Album Art - Frank Horvat

Album Art – Four at a Time!

With 4 albums coming out this Fall, there’s lots of music and lots of album art! Here’s a sneak peek at the artwork… Me to We Takes you on a heartfelt journey from solitude to joyous love. The Current Agenda Powerful, brutal, heartfelt electro-chamber social justice music. You Haven’t Been Introspective piano music – beautifully […]

Music & Beyond Festival - July Earth Concerts - Frank Horvat

Music & Beyond Concerts in Pictures

Last week I performed at the wonderful Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa. The festival had a day to celebrate the environment and I opened it with a 10am concert putting the ‘Earth in the Light‘ and closed the day with a 10pm concert ‘Earth at Night‘ where I performed my always-fun-to-play-in-the-dark, 60-minute piano piece, […]

Ottawa Park

Should I Move Back to Ottawa?

It was a little under 24 years ago when I left my childhood nest in Ottawa and moved to the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Having lived in Toronto for this many years now, I definitely think of the city as my “hometown”. But there’s a draw that keeps pulling me back to Ottawa. For […]