Commended as “a most impressive musical interpreter,” (Dr. Christoph Wolff, the Boston Musical Intelligencer) and for his virtuosity, “[He] inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…” (The Diapason), Bálint Karosi earned a reputation for his expressive command of a wide range of repertoire that is guided by historical performance practice and a remarkably multi-faceted musicianship enriched by his experiences as a composer, conductor, church musician, and clarinetist.
Since winning the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2008, Dr. Karosi has been recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the music of J. S. Bach worldwide. In 2020, he embarked on recording the complete organ works of J. S. Bach in fourteen recitals on different organs in the US and Europe. The series, designed by Christoph Wolff for Izumi Hall, Japan, is published on Balint’s YouTube channel and will be released in a CD set. He has served on the juries for a number of organ competitions, including the 2022 Boston Bach International Organ Competition (BBIOC).
Dr. Karosi has given solo organ concerts in concert halls and churches throughout the US, Europe, South Korea, and Japan. As an active composer, he has composed cantatas, concerti, symphonic works, as well as works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles. His one act opera, Lonely Hearts, won the Most Dramatic Opera award and audience vote at the 2020 Contemporary Opera Showcase at the Hungarian State Opera. Existentia, his critically acclaimed album featuring original compositions for orchestra was released in 2019 on the Hungaroton label. He has six volumes of organ music published by Wayne Leupold Editions. His “Kodály Triptych” won the Hungarian Philharmonia’s international composition competition in 2022 and he has been commissioned to write his 2022 Four Preludes and Fugues on B-A-C-H for the BBIOC.
Dr. Karosi holds degrees from Yale University, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Liszt Academy and the Conservatoire de Genève. He currently serves as Director of Music at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City.