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What does it mean to be a Composer/Musician in the 21st century?

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Upcoming Premieres, Updates and More!

In a year which so far retains it's predecessor's unpredictable nature as far the arts are concerned, it gives me immense joy to be able to make some announcements 💥 Looking forward to composing for some simply fantastic ensembles this year as a member of the Alba Music Festival Composition Program, Iceberg New Music Institute and Sofia Symphonic Summit. Through these composition intensives I will be composing new works for the ensembles Hub New Music, Trio Immersio and

The 'Inside Story' Behind Mithridates

I just recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with PARMA recordings in which I was able to speak about topics such as my journey through composition and my piece 'Mithridates' recently released on PRISMA Vol. 4. The piece was also featured on the 'Classical Discoveries' program hosted by Marvin Rosen on Princeton Public Radio WPRB 103.3. You can find my work, recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, on PRISMA Vol. 4 on Apple Music, Amazon Mp3, Spotify a

Piananatomy I - Officially Released!

"From disparate sound elements harvested from the piano, John builds up by assemblage an environmental experience that is intriguing, unusual, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating." My new album 'Piananatomy I' w/ Double V Digital Recordings is now available, feel free to check it out here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/johnfranek2 This is only the beginning of a new project series where I elicit sounds from the "anatomy" of the modern piano to create sound scultpur