The Piano Therapy Virtual Tour is a series of hybrid events presented by acclaimed Canadian composer and pianist, Frank Horvat, featuring the private screening of a solo piano concert film where he performs his compositions based on his challenges and successes battling depression.
The performance is interspersed with storytelling about his journey. Following the screening, Frank joins a live event via video chat for a discussion, facilitated by the host organization’s mental health professional, where attendees can ask questions, share their thoughts and experiences.
This event is geared to college/university music students, specifically addressing the challenges of a life in music. It’s intended to be empathetic and inspiring — whether someone is battling a mental health issue themselves or they have a colleague or loved one who is. The event can also be an opportunity for the hosts to promote the mental health resources and services they have available to their community.
He has a strong record of innovative and meaningful programming that goes beyond the norms of typical solo piano performances.
– Diana Dumlavwalla, Associate Professor, Florida State University
If you work at a post-secondary music school and are interested in having the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour “visit” your school, please contact Lisa Horvat.
Download: Piano Therapy Virtual Tour Backgrounder (PDF)
The Making of the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour
Production of the Piano Therapy Virtual Tour took place in Summer 2022, starting first with the filming of the piano performance…
…then moving on to the b-roll and interview portions…
Many thanks to director, Andrew Lamb, Erin, Alex and Iain at Endless Films, Noble Street Studios, and audio mastering engineer, Dennis Patterson, for making this possible. A special thanks to Ingrid Taheri from High Notes Avante for her support along the way.
Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this project.
PREVIOUS HOSTS INCLUDE
If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 or emergency line immediately.
If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis or has suicide-related concerns, please call
1-833-456-4566 toll free (In QC:
1-866-277-3553), 24/7 or visit
Or, text to 45645 (4 p.m. – Midnight ET). Text messaging rates apply.
If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).
Or, call or text 988 to connect with additional resources.
If you are located in another country, call your local emergency line immediately.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
PTVT STUDENT RESOURCE GUIDE
Full-Length Presentation (PDF)
Abridged Presentation (PDF)
The content of these pages is provided for general information only. They are not intended to, and do not, amount to advice which you should rely on. They are not in any way an alternative to specific advice from a medical professional.
Deeply personal and profoundly beautiful music.
– WholeNote Magazine
It takes a special skill to be able to create a whole atmosphere in a work that is just two minutes long. – BBC Radio 3
Frank Horvat has carved a niche for himself among today’s composers, wearing his fragile heart on his sleeve. – CBC Music
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