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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. UPDATE NOV 16, 2018 This project has culminated in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

What Does Freedom Sound Like?

It was earlier this year that the violinist, Ralitsa Tcholakova, asked if I could compose a piece for violin and piano that recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s. What resulted was A Secret Streamlet, a flowing piece inspired by a defiant letter that the then Czech playwright and activist, Vaclav […]

St. Joe's Middle School in Ottawa

Shame Revealed Through Music

When Michael Westwood asked me to compose a new piece for the November 9 concert in his Toronto chamber music series, I said sure! When he suggested that the piece be on a theme around memories, I got more than I bargained for. Various chapters in my life flooded my heart and soul, many very […]

Minimalist Music

Can monotonous music be interesting?

This is the musical dilemma I placed myself in when I started composing Thirty Minutes of a Three Million Minute Journey. The piece attempts to encapsulate the experience of Syrian refugees walking from their war-ravaged country into Europe in search of a better life. I wanted this elongated chamber work to maintain the same mood […]

credit Piano Piano!

Stop Playing Old Music!

What the Classical Music Establishment Needs to Do in order to Survive… Lately, anytime I peruse my newsfeed on Facebook and Twitter, I’m bombarded with friends sharing articles and op-eds about the decline of classical music…’5 things orchestras need to do bolster audiences’, etc. Usually the solutions of the so-called experts are to have concerts […]

The Man, The Snake and The Fox

Wish I Was There…or Maybe Not

As a composer, it’s always a special occasion and feeling when other musicians play your music. I have been fortunate to have a number of talented individuals do just that in the past number of years. It feels great (and sometimes nerve-racking) to sit in an audience as someone brings your musical ideas to life. […]