Organ Artist Series Concert, featuring Bálint Karosi
Music of Buxtehude, Bach, Liszt, and the performer.
Date & Time:
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
Bálint Karosi has established an international reputation as a virtuoso organist, performing throughout Europe and the United States. Winner of the Leipzig International Bach Festival as well as numerous other competitions, he has been organist of the First Lutheran Church in Boston for the past several years. He also performs as a harpsichordist and conductor.
Karosi was born in Budapest and studied keyboard and improvisation at the Liszt Academy, as well as at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève, Switzerland. In the U.S. he attended Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music, where he has worked with Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, and Martin Bresnick. Although he wrote music all along, he didn’t really consider himself a composer until he arrived in the U.S., where the variety and freedom of styles encouraged him to seek his own personal voice. In the past ten years he has assembled a solid catalog of works ranging from solo organ to orchestra. His Consonances, Concerto for Organ and Symphony Orchestra, was commissioned for the opening of the Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, and was premiered there by the composer in 2007; his Dancescapes, composed for the Yale Philharmonia, was premiered in 2013. The same year he wrote the cantata Words of Beginning in collaboration with poet Kai Hoffman-Krull for the 175th anniversary of First Lutheran Church. Krull also wrote the text for Karosi’s Lines of a Page for soprano, chorus, and chamber orchestra, which was written for the 2014 Norfolk Festival. His Existentia in memory of Sándor Weöres was commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2015 to critical acclaim. Current projects include a CD recording for his original compositions for Hungaroton, a concerto for cimbalom, guitar, harp, and chamber ensemble for the Budapest-based Musiciens Libres, scheduled for later this spring.
Karosi has completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music. He earned Master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and a Prix de Virtuosité from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève. He is under management with Penny Lorenz Artist Management.