A Composer of the 21st Century
"he brought his talents to the keyboard in his own...inspired high-energy blend"
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Franek (b.1996) is a pianist and composer whose compositions “evoke an epic narrative.” (Sonograma Magazine)
John has had premieres of his own works performed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with notable premieres in locations such as in New York City, Philadelphia, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Lviv, Krasnoyarsk, Ostrava, Olomouç, Milan, Rome, Havana, Quito and Tashkent. Among these performances he has had his worked performed by ensembles such as The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, The Moravian Philharmonic, KLKNewMusic the Lontano Ensemble and Trio Immersio. Maintaining a full-time schedule of composing, he is currently looking forward to premieres this coming season with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna, The Syntax Ensemble, the Brightwork Ensemble, Hub New Music, Unassited Fold and the TACETi ensemble. Throughout the 2020 - 2021 season John has had further premieres with a collection of individuals and Duos including Beatriz Macias who premiered his work Mo'Tri for solo flute at the Tampere Flute Fest.
This year John will be taking part in some of the most prestigious and rewarding Composition Festivals including the highSCORE Festival, Impulse New Music Festival, the ICEBERG Institute, International Composer's Institute Thailand and Sofia Symphonic Summit.
As an active recording artist and electronic music composer, John has a collection of acoustic and electroacoustic albums slated for release throughout the year. John's music is featured on the music labels Navona Records and Donemus Composer's Voice, among others.
As a sought after soloist, John has performed on three continents including concert tours throughout the United States. An avid researcher and performer of Mozart, he began touring his “Franek & Mozart” lecture-concert in 2018 and is currently working on a book about Mozart for popular audiences. His solo album Purely Mozart demonstrates his particular love of Mozart: “John Franek's affinity for Mozart is evinced in his brilliant, subtly-shaded playing which brings forth the composer's work in all of its multivalent sparkle and darkness.” (Scott Hawkinson, Double V Digital Recordings)
John has benefited from the private composition and piano instruction of Silvina Milstein, Edward Nesbit, Matthew Kaner, Phyllis Lehrer and Jay Kawarsky. Through his participation in the Level II Master's Composition Program at the G. Verdi Conservatorio in Milan he will undergo private instruction from the world class composers Klaus Lang, Marco Stroppa, George Benjamin, Unsuk Chin and Alberto Posadas.
John is the Founder and Artistic Director of his own record label Nous Records, is a Navona Records Recording Artist and maintains and active role as an educator and masterclass artist. John's works are published by Donemus Publishing.