Frank Horvat (Various Artists)

Biography Frank Horvat (Various Artists)

Frank Horvat (Various Artists)

Frank Horvat
Emotional and intense, Frank Horvat is an accomplished multi-genre composer who has made the tricky musical leap that allows him to pursue a niche of his own (Edmonton Journal). Frank gives his audiences time and space to reflect in this fast-paced world. His compositions tell deeply personal stories while permitting audiences to ponder their own.

His pieces have been featured on more than a dozen albums on labels such as ATMA Classique, Really Records, and Centrediscs. With composition premieres on four continents, he has performed in a variety of venues and festivals worldwide including the Glenn Gould Studio, Massey Hall, Music and Beyond Festival, NXNE, Nuit Blanche, NYC’s St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery and his compositions have been featured in plays, films and on television networks including the CBC, CBS, HBO, Vice & Bravo, as well as radio stations internationally.

He ignores boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art (Ludwig van Toronto) as many of his composition projects revolve around social issues, specifically the environment. In 2019 he was invited to talk about his music and Artivism at the Classical:NEXT conference in Rotterdam.

Some of his environmental projects include the album, For Those Who Died Trying (“the resulting [musical] tributes are poignant” – BBC Music Magazine), and social media awareness campaign #music4HRDs that musically looked at the stories of 37 environmental human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been murdered in Thailand. Almost 50 string quartets participated in the awareness campaign sharing their performance of a movement from the album with their social media followers. Participating quartets included: Juilliard String Quartet, Merel Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Utrecht String Quartet, and Zemlinsky Quartet as well as members from symphony orchestras around the world including the London Symphony.

Horvat’s very first environmental project was his album, A Little Dark Music (2010), which led to 60+ performances across North America, always in the dark, of his critically acclaimed hour-long solo piano piece, Earth Hour, on his sustainably-minded Green Keys Tour.

“Horvat’s work is exquisitely eventful and almost insidiously effective.” (WholeNote Magazine)

Born in Ottawa, a graduate in composition at the University of Toronto under Walter Buczynski and Christos Hatzis, he now lives and composes by the lake in Toronto with his wife/manager. Frank is fortunate to have received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Frank is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, and the inaugural recipient of the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award for contemporary composition.

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