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Christina Petrowska Quilico

More Rivers Are Flowing

What a delight to visit Christina Petrowska Quilico to go over More Rivers, a new suite of solo piano compositions I composed for her. Abby, Christina’s dog, supervised our productive session and kept me nicely in line. 😉 Christina is a highly acclaimed pianist and Order of Canada recipient. I have been such a big […]

Annex Singers rehearsing for premiere of 'I Am Ice'

Annex Singers Rehearse ‘I Am Ice’

Want to know how to feel like the most fortunate human being on the planet? Compose music and have a choir sing it to you while you sit in front of them! This was exactly my experience recently as the Annex Singers rehearsed a new work they commissioned me to compose for them: I Am […]

All that remains: Residual Moments Premiere - Nov 15, 2023

World Premiere – All that remains: Residual Moments

There was a beautiful energy in The Aperture Room in the heart of Toronto’s downtown for the world premiere of All that remains: Residual Moments last week. Gunilla Josephson‘s evocative moving imagery projected on 3 large screens surrounding members of the Thin Edge New Music Collective performing a live soundtrack was truly an immersive and […]

All that remains: Residual Moments (composed by Frank Horvat)

Countdown to Residual Moments

It’s a week to go before the world premiere of All that remains: Residual Moments, a large-scale performance art installation featuring music, film and live performance. Rehearsal with members of the Thin Edge New Music Collective went splendidly well today. My multi-year collaboration with innovative video artist, Gunilla Josephson, is shaping up very nicely. Thin […]

Fractures album coming November 17 (photo by Oscar Keys)


I’m so excited to announce that the album recording of the Fractures song cycle will be released on November 17! Here is the album cover designed by Matthew Maaskant… This has been an album 8 years in the making! The idea to compose Fractures came in 2016 when I gave a presentation about environmental music […]

Jean Martin, Sharlene Wallace, Frank Horvat (photo bySharlene Wallance)

Musically Planting All Trees!

It’s been a while since harpist Sharlene Wallace and I shared an update on our collaborative adventure, Trees.Listen. We are over-the-moon exhilarated that we recently received a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete the process of co-composing, recording, and sharing our suite of pieces for solo lever harp and fixed […]

I Am Ice (photo by Frank Horvat)

New Choral Commission

I am delighted to announce that The Annex Singers commissioned me to compose a new choral work for their upcoming December 16 concert! The Annex Singers are a fabulous Toronto cultural institution, now starting their 44th season. I attended their final concert of last season and was blown away by the musicianship and creativity in […]

An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene Album Cover

Last Days of the Holocene Coming Soon

Happy to announce that the SHHH!! Ensemble’s album recording of my composition, An Auditory Survey of the Last Days of the Holocene, is set to be released October 20 on Leaf Music. Brad Cherwin’s album cover so nicely conveys the dramatic quality of this epic hour-long artivist piece… Edana and Zac who make up SHHH!! […]

Rimouski, Quebec

A River Without End / Un fleuve sans fin

There’s a new collaboration I’m very excited about: composing music for the renowned Canadian pianist, David Jalbert! When David and I started discussing the foundation of our collaboration, he spoke about his spiritual connection to the St. Lawrence River. Having been born and raised in Rimouski, Quebec, Le Fleuve Saint-Laurent holds a special place in […]

Iceberg off the coast of Svalbard

Arctic Circle Expedition Recap

To say that my Arctic Circle Expedition/Residency was a life-changing experience feels like an understatement. As my fellow artists and I returned to Longyearbyen from our odyssey aboard the tall-ship, Antigua, I have been struggling to find the right words to write this post. Visiting the top of the Earth is something that goes beyond […]

FRACTURES Recording - Brahm Goldhamer, Meredith Hall, Frank Horvat, Dennis Patterson


After a bunch of invigorating sessions the last 2 months, we are nicely wrapping up our recording of the Fractures song cycle! What an extreme pleasure it has been to make music with soprano, Meredith Hall, pianist, Brahm Goldhamer, and sound engineer, Dennis Patterson! ❤️ The idea to compose Fractures came in 2016 when I […]

Toronto's Historic Red Oak

Honouring Magnificent Roots

Very happy to announce that I have been commissioned by the acclaimed chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, to compose a new work in honour of their 25th anniversary season! When Nurhan Arman approached me to compose this concert overture, I immediately thought about how it would be fitting to base the composition on something positive and […]

NUMUS Premiere Announcement

Countdown to a Recovering Brain

One of the exciting projects I have been working on this year is a new large-scale composition focused on bringing awareness to the invisible health impacts and struggles of having a brain injury. I composed the piece for bass clarinetist, Kathryn Ladano, a brain injury survivor herself. All of our work will culminate in a […]

Zac Pulak, Frank Horvat and Edana Higham at Port William Sound

The Creative Last Days for the Last Days

Completing a project can always be an intense time in the creative process, especially when on the theme of climate change. But these past 2 days working with the piano/percussion duo, SHHH!! Ensemble, has been amazing and gratifying putting the final touches on the epic hour-long artivist piece they commissioned, An Auditory Survey of the […]

Post-Concert Chat

FRACTURES World Premiere

People often ask me, what is it like to listen to your music being performed? Honestly, it’s always this wonderful out-of-body experience. This was the case x 10 as I sat with such a great audience to experience the magic of vocalist, Meredith Hall, and pianist, Brahm Goldhamer, presenting the world premiere of my large-scale […]