Balint Karosi, a Boston based composer and classical organist has been described as “ferociously talented” by WGBH Classical New England and praised as “a most impressive musical interpreter” by the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Balint continues his quest for new avenues of meaningful musical expression through his work in composition, interpretation and improvisation.">
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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, ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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.
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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. ...Read More
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 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.
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 ...Read More
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, ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Bálint Karosi is an award-winning composer, concert organist, harpsichordist and conductor.
" … he possesses an ear for silvery orchestral sonorities.." -- The Boston Globe (2015)
" .. a most impressive musical interpreter.." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)
" .. a must-hear recording" -- Early Music America (2014)
“ Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…" -- The Diapason (2014)
1st Prize: Leipzig International J. S. Bach Competition
1st Prize & Audience Prize: Dublin International Organ Competition
M.M.A. Yale University A.D., M.M., Oberlin Conservatory M.M. Liszt Academy Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Geneve
Composition: Existentia 2nd movement
Composition: Existentia 3d movement
Composition: El Patio
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