“Muscular, musical, vigorous, memorable”
Having started composing in his teens, Frank Horvat is an award
winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. His original
music is influenced by the post-modern idea of eclecticism. His
portfolio of over seventy-five compositions demonstrates a variety of
musical styles, even combined within one work. This is evident from his
influences: from Bach to Beethoven to Bartók to Bjork, folk musics from
around the world, jazz & blues, minimalism. His compositions have
been based on real world themes such as social issues, family, athletic
pursuits, September 11 and sometimes just a catchy little riff.
For Frank, creative new music does not have to be put on a pedestal
and be art with a capital “A”. Making an emotional and/or cerebral
connection with an audience is paramount. That is why he feels strongly
about performing his own works whenever possible. Solo piano recitals
are intense, passionate, and engaging.
Frank has performed, directed, and arranged many styles of music
including Classical, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Pop in both solo and
ensemble/band efforts in Canada and abroad. Released in June ’07, his debut recording, “I’ll Be Good”,
features thirteen original compositions for solo piano performed by
Frank himself. This was followed by a 28-stop concert tour including
performances at NuitBlanche (Toronto) and The Works Art and Design
Festival (Edmonton). Frank’s follow-up CD, “A Little Dark Music”, released on Earth Hour 2010
contains his compositions inspired by environmental themes. A portion
of the sale of this CD is being donated to WWF. From March 2010 to April
2011, Frank presented “The Green Keys Tour”, a 60+ city concert tour
across Canada and the US that showcased eco-friendly behaviour. In January 2014 he released his third CD entitled, “I Can See You”, for band and electronics.
His portfolio consists of chamber, pop, electronic, musical theatre,
film, and large ensemble works. His work has been performed on many
occasions in a variety of live venues. His music has also been featured
on television networks like the CBC & Bravo and a variety of radio
Born in Ottawa, Canada on April 5, 1974, Frank began his studies at
the age of five. His childhood years included intense musical study in
piano, theory, and composition – winning many awards and scholarships
along the way. He holds an ARCT Diploma with Honours from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in Composition from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where he studied composition with Walter Buczynski and Christos Hatzis and piano with Boyanna Toyich.
Now residing in Toronto with his wife, Frank is passionate about social issues related to poverty and the environment.