Bálint Karosi

Bálint Karosi is an active composer, concert organist, conductor and harpsichordist. He is the prizewinner of the 2008 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig. An avid interpreter of Bach, he has recorded three CDs of Bach’s music, most recently the Clavierübung III by J. S. Bach, released in 2014 by Hungaroton.

In 2015 Bálint Karosi was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in midtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious musical program, with frequent performances of cantatas and choral and orchestral works including a yearly performance of J. S. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion on Good Friday. Previously, Bálint served as Minister of Music at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, where he established a Bach Cantata Vespers series and the successful annual Boston Bach Birthday, a daylong program of concerts on the occasion of the composer’s birthday. He is Executive Director of Antico Moderno, a group of musicians dedicated to commissioning and creating new music for historical instruments. He is in demand as an organ and harpsichord recitalist, and increasingly also as a conductor, throughout the United States and Europe.

Balint is equally active as a composer. His compositions have been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, UMZE, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Musiciens Libres, Animae Musica Chamber Orchestra, Boston Choral Ensemble, Antico Moderno and the Norfolk Festival Choir and Orchestra. Recent commissions include a Festival Overture for the Hungarian State Opera House, a Reformation Symphony to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for the Symphonic Band of Concordia University of Chicago (River Forest), a second organ concerto for János Pálúr, a bassoon sonata, and Exoplanets for Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Junior Prima Prize in his native Hungary.

Karosi is a doctoral candidate in composition at Yale University, from which he received an MMA degree in 2014. He also holds a Master’s degree in historical keyboard performance and an artist diploma in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève. He also holds two master degrees in clarinet performance from the Liszt Academy and the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève.