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 composer and pianist whose compositions “demonstrate a craftsmanship of a composer far beyond his years.” (Dr. J.A. Kawarsky, Professor of Theory & Composition)
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, London, Quito, Paris, Havana, Krasnoyarsk, Olomouç, Rome and Tashkent (among others). Among these performances he has had his worked performed by ensembles such as The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, The Moravian Philharmonic, the Janaček Symphony Orchestra and the Lontano ensemble. Currently John is looking forward to premieres this coming season with Hub New Music, Trio Immersio, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra as well as future collaborations with the Lontano Ensemble.
As a sought after performer, John has personally performed on three continents and has given concerts throughout the United States. An avid researcher and performer of Mozart, he recently toured his “Franek & Mozart” lecture-concert and is currently working on a Mozart book for popular audiences. His most recent 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 Prof. Phyllis Lehrer, Dr. Jay Kawarsky, Prof. Silvina Milstein and Dr. Edward Nesbit and is looking forward to pursuing a PhD in composition this fall.
He currently runs his own music library, the ILM Music Series, and is additionally the acting Founder and Artistic Director of Nous Records. John's music is published by various other publishing houses.