“One of the great pleasures of conducting is discovering great young artists. Working with John Franek has been one of those great pleasures. His artistry shines in his playing and in his composing. Musically, he breathes with the music, bringing it to life and interpreting the very heart of the work. His compositions are rewarding to me on several levels – most notably they are emotionally very moving and satisfying while intellectually they are wonderfully creative and filled with beauty and life. They are works one wants to hear – and in my case conduct – over and over.
Maestro Robert W. Butts, Conductor- Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey
John Franek is a pianist and composer who’s compositions “demonstrate a craftsmanship of a composer far beyond his years.”
John started his music studies at the age of twelve and gave his first public performance at the age of fourteen, performing works by Mozart, Handel, Beethoven and Schubert as well as some of his own early works. Since entering Westminster Choir College John has become a published composer who has had premieres in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. John is also a widely sought after performer, performing concerts throughout New Jersey and the East Coast.
Recently, John has premiered his Concerto for Keyboard & Strings with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Roman Diptych for piano and orchestra with the Westminster Community Orchestra and his Piano Concerto No.1 with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. John also had his south American debut on August 4th, 2017 at La Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador where he premiered his Piano Sonata in 1 Movement. John has released multiple solo albums on Off Records as well as one with his piano duet Helix 2. All of his albums can be found on iTunes, Amazon Music and many more music distribution services.
Under the tutelage of Prf. Phyllis Lehrer and Dr. Jay Kawarsky, John is currently in his Senior year at Westminster Choir College double majoring in Theory & Composition as well as Piano.