Bálint Karosi, composer and organist has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions, the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan and the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship for composition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has performed at Saint Sulpice in Paris, the Saint Thomas Church and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Matthias Church and National Concert Hall in Budapest, the St Petri Dom in Bremer Dom and has been the featured organist for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral of the Saint John the Divine in New York City. His compositions have been performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Spectrum Symphony of New York, the New Hungarian Music Society (UMZE), Musiciens Libres, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Anima Musica Chamber Orchestra, Antico Moderno, the Norfolk Festival Chorus, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, Canto Armonico and the Boston Choral Ensemble. He has started working on his first opera, Lonely Hearts with a libretto by the Hungarian playwright Almási András Tóth.
He has recorded five CDs, including two critically acclaimed albums; Clavier-übung III by J. S. Bach, featuring the period vocal ensemble Canto Armonico in 2014 and die Kunst der Fuge on organ, harpsichord and clavichord. He is contracted by Hungaroton to release and an album of his own compositions in 2017.
In 2015 Bálint was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in downtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious classical music program with a strong commitment to commissioning new music that is equally suited to concert and worship. Prior to this appointment, he served as Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church of Boston for eight years, where he founded and directed the acclaimed “Boston Bach Birthday,” a daylong celebration of the composer’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and other art organizations in Boston.
While at Yale University, Balint co-founded Antico Moderno with Jacques Lee Wood, an ensemble dedicated to commission and perform new works for period players. The ensemble has performed in Boston, New Hampshire and New York and has coached student composers at Yale School of Music, Tufts University and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music.
Bálint has completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in composition at Yale University, where his composition teachers were Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick. He holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest (in clarinet and organ performance), and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland.
He has taught music theory at Yale University, organ and improvisation at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Oberlin Conservatory. He regularly gives concerts in the United States and in Europe, masterclasses on improvisation and hymn playing and is under concert management with Penny Lorenz.
"...at First Lutheran [Boston] the full resources of the 2000 Richards, Fowkes [organ] were explored in a reconstructed 17th century Lutheran Vespers. [It] put the singing of Canto Armonico against organ selections by Hieronymous and Michael Preaetorious, which titular Balint Karosi played masterfully."
-Jonathan Ambrosino review of the AGO National Convention in Boston, June 2014 in Choir and Organ Magazine [Oct. 2014]
“In the concluding organ postlude, Michael Praetorius’s Nun lob, meine seele, Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…”
-Jonathan Hall review of the AGO National Convention, Boston, the Diapason (Nov. 2014)
- WGBH Classical New England
"A most impressive musical interpreter"
- Christoph Wolff, Harvard University
External Video/Audio Links
- Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major
- Improvisation on Hungarian Carol
- Symphony on a Chorale by Bartok
- Bach: Passacaglia in c minor
- A concert in Hungary 2016
- Balint Karosi: Concerto for Organ, Percussion and Strings (2016)