Posts By: Balint Karosi

Rock-solid But Not Maniacal

JANUARY 26, 2015Rock-solid But Not Maniacalby Vance R. KovenBalint KarosiThough the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s “Magyar Madness” certainly delivered on the first word by presenting four works of Hungarian or Hungarian-descended composers including two premieres at Jordan Hall on Friday, we’ll give BMOP a pass on “Madness,” as the alliterative sobriquet was oxymoronic considering the event’s… Read more »

Boston Globe Praises BMOP’s Magyar Madness

FROM BMOP, NEW MUSIC WITH A HUNGARIAN ACCENTFULL ARTICLEBy Jeremy EichlerGlobe Staff  January 26, 2015Hungarian music, Liszt once wrote, “is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.” Saturday’sambitious “Magyar Madness” program, presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, had representatives of both. It also had two alluring world premieres.The first was by… Read more »

Existentia premiered by BMOP on January 24

My orchestra piece “Existentia” is premiered by BMOP in Jordan Hall on January 24. To purchase tickets go to the BMOP webpage.Existentia is a symphonic poem in three movements, inspired by three short poems by Sándor Weöres. I attempt to reflect the qualities I most appreciate in his works: rhythm, lyricism, simple forms and his… Read more »

Clavierübung III Recording in the Hungarian press

My new CD recording of the Clavierübung III, released by Hungaroton, Spring 2014, has  been critically acclaimed by Hungarian CD critics  on Nov. 9, 2014, on the Bartok Radio’s Kritius Fullel. It has also been praised by  Hungary’s Gramafon Magazine:” [Balint Karosi] plays with self-understood naturalness, without trying to emphasize a sacred pathos.”– Gramafon

Triple Concerto

I have started working on a triple concerto for an unusual combination of instruments: the Hungarian cimbalom, guitar and harp for Musiciens Libres, a new  Hungarian chamber ensemble. The premier is scheduled for April, 2015 at the Liszt Concert Center in Budapest.

Check out Lines of a Page

a cantata performed by the Norfolk Festival Chorus and orchestra, soprano soloist Molly Netter, conducted by Simon Carrington.Lines of a Page

Magyar Madness with BMOP

I am finishing my orchestral piece for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for a concert on January 24, 2015 at Jordan Hall. http://www.bmop.org/season-tickets/magyar-madness

AAAL 2014 Award

Happy to announce that I am one of the sixteen composers, who received one of the American Academy of Arts and Letters annual awards. The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $175,000.Arts and Letters Awards in MusicKati Agócs, Daron Hagen, Anthony Korf,… Read more »

The Final Wait

I have started working a funeral cantata for solo alto and strings, for which I have commissioned a poet from the Yale Divinity School (Audrey Fernandez-Fraser) to write the text. I am really excited to set her beautiful text to music for the Yale Baroque Ensemble, with the help and support of Robert Mealey, artistic… Read more »

Dancescapes

My new orchestra piece is now available for listening!Dancescapes is a set of four dances four symphony orchestra. It is my attempt to compose music that is a mixture of the great 20th-century American orchestral tradition and my Hungarian roots, owing much to folk music and the music of Bartók.  I composed this piece for… Read more »

Dancescapes

Dear Friends! My new orchestra piece “Dancescapes” is premiered by the Yale Philharmonic tomorrow at Woolsey Hall at 8 p.m. My piece is the first on the program. If you are not in New Haven you can tune in following this link: http://music.yale.edu/livestream/

Dancescapes, a new Piece for Orchestra

Dancescapes is my third large-scale orchestral work next to my violin concerto and organ concerto, and the only one that does not require a soloist. I am particularly excited about the melodic content, the harmonic and rhythmic variety I have explored in this 13 minute-long piece.

Biber Vespers, December 20th

Upcoming: Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral in DecemberSimon Carrington directs the Biber Vespers Friday, December 20th at 8 pm, First Lutheran ChurchSimon Carrington reprises his acclaimed 2004 performance of the Biber Vesperae Longiores ac breviores with Canto Armonico in Boston, in a new setting for the season of Advent.Evoking the baroque splendor of Salzburg Cathedral where Heinrich… Read more »

Listen to my new cantata “Words of Beginning”

Words of Beginning received its second performance at the Yale School of Music as part of the New Music New Have Series last week. I am particularly blessed to have friends who came and performed my piece from Boston together with two wonderful soloists from the Yale Opera, Jamilyn White, soprano and Brian Vu, baritone… Read more »

New Cantata for the 175th Anniversary of First Lutheran Church

October 27 is the world premier of my new cantata “Words of Beginning” based on an original text by Kai Hofmann-Krull. I am particularly excited about this work as it has been my first fruitful collaboration with a poet on a sacred text that is reflecting on Bach’s  Reformation Cantata BWV 79 which will also… Read more »