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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 […]

Summertime and the living is easy (Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash)

Summertime and the Living is Cheaply

Earlier this week, my wife/manager, Lisa, and I had THE TALK. It’s the talk we have every June. It’s the talk where we sit in front of a spreadsheet and ponder how we are going to make ends meet during the summer months. I know that this is something that’s not unique to just us. […]

The elephant in the room

Standing Pat on Spotify vs Apple Music?

Of my multitude of musical friends, Pat is one who’s perspectives on music I listen to very often. We grew up together, played in bands together and have always shared a special bond as we’ve moved through life. So it was no surprise that Pat had much to share after reading my recent blog post […]

Ladom Concert May 2018

Inspiring Story RE: Live Music

This week, Lisa and I attended a performance by the Ladom Ensemble, a wonderful Canadian chamber group that performs new music along with unique arrangements of old music, all within the brilliant confines of their diverse blend of instrumentation and varied musical inspirations. I had seen Ladom’s videos online but had never seen them live. […]

Longing - composed by Frank Horvat

Longing in Sound and Picture

This past week saw the release of the music video for my piano composition, Longing. My wife, Lisa, put’s together all of my videos. When the 4 new albums came out last fall, Lisa had the goal of creating a video for each of the 28 compositions from those 4 albums. Since then, she has […]

The elephant in the room

Spotify’s No Longer the Elephant in the Room

Thanks to technology, there’s a multitude of ways that people can ingest music these days. But no doubt, Spotify is one of the major players. Having recently gone public, they’ve now cemented themselves in the top echelons of online entertainment giants like Google, Facebook, and Netflix. I personally made the Spotify leap about a year […]

Family Clan

Family’s Important. But Language Is More.

In the past week, I received news of the passing of my Grand-Uncle Steve. My late paternal grandfather’s youngest brother was a hard-working and jovial man. Like many of his generation, he fled Communist Eastern Europe in the mid 20th Century in search of greater freedom and prosperity. Eventually, he settled in Manitoba, met a […]

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 […]