Pianist & Composer
John Franek - Bio
“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 in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, most notably performed by ensembles such as The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, The Moravian Philharmonic, The Janáček Philharmonic as well as the Lontano ensemble with upcoming premieres with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Hub New Music in 2021.
As a sought after performer, John has performed solo concert programs on three continents in venues such as the Perelman Theatre of Kimmel Hall in Philadelphia, La Casa de la Música in Ecuador, The American Church in Paris.
"Curiosity is the key to passion, the key to you"
John Franek - Interview
When did you start to get interested in music?
The very first indication of my interest in music came from watching my brother practice the piano. Between the mechanism of the keyboard and the sounds that were produced, I found myself immersed within a world which I felt was bigger than my own.
If you were an advertisement, which would your slogan be?
Curiosity is the key to passion, the key to you.
Which is the part you enjoy the most about music?
The part that I enjoy the most are live concerts and premieres. Nothing makes me feel more alive than performing, where any prior state of mind and being I may find myself in are replaced with a deeper and more meaningful emotional space.
To have the opportunity to connect with others in such a great depth through something abstract is the single most exciting and meaningful thing I have discovered so far.
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal injuries… In which aspects has music helped you?
Music has enabled me to begin, explore and continue my personal journey of discovering who I am and who I want to become. For the past few years now every single day of my life has been effected by and focused around my journey with music to some degree, therefore I feel that my path towards self discovery has been daily as well do to the broad and diverse lessons which music may bring to the surface of your thoughts and life.
I can say with safety and confidence that music has been a central part of the most crucial moments of my development; music has been a central element in my recovery with metal health disorders; music was the catalyst which enabled me to express myself where before I felt lost; music is the most meaningful means of connect for me and has brought me back from the numb melancholy of feeling different and isolated.
What does music mean to you?
Music means everything to me. It is the relationships I enjoy and participate in daily, it is the light inside that allows me to see no matter how dark it is, it is my business decisions and investments, it is the foundation on which I have constructed my life, and it is where meaning is born for me.
Who are your idols?
I don’t really have any idols in the fullest sense of the word but I just deeply look up to people who are humbled by the world around us and exercise this humility through a simple kindness towards others.
If you didn’t like music, what would you like to do?
I like to think I would do something in visual arts because I just love that whole crazy field, but if not I think I would definitely go to study psychology and hopefully have a private practice. Maybe at that point I could do both, that would be way cool.
Do you consider that nowadays there are more or less opportunities for new artists? Why?
I feel that even though I seem to have noticed an increase in opportunities I have not noticed an increase in their quality. Through having immediate and convenient access daily to the “Internet of Things” we can find ourselves discovering opportunities rather frequently and easily through our own volition. I do feel, though, that a downside of this is an overcrowding of opportunities with the possibility that those whom may not have access to the necessary technology may be unable to participate or apply to these opportunities in a time such as now with COVID-19.
With this being said, and to answer the question more directly, I feel that I have only been coming across more opportunities each year since I started seriously seeking them out back in 2015. Mainly these opportunities are centered on open calls and competitions, so make sure to take some time to check what’s on!
What would your idyllic life as an artist be like?
Ideally what I am striving for is to be fully self sufficient on my composition first and foremost. With this established, to be able to live a life full of performing and teaching surrounded by people I love is all I hope and look forward to.
John Franek - Projects
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