The Zion Organ Concert Series is pleased to present:
on Sunday, June 24, 2018
Bálint Karosi, composer and organist has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions, the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan and the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship for composition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has performed at Saint Sulpice in Paris, the Saint Thomas Church and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Matthias Church and National Concert Hall in Budapest, the St Petri Dom in Bremer Dom and has been the featured organist for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral of the Saint John the Divine in New York City. His compositions have been performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Spectrum Symphony of New York, the Norfolk Festival Chorus, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Boston Choral Ensemble.
In 2015 Bálint was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in downtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious classical music program with a strong commitment to commissioning new music that is equally suited to concert and worship. Prior to this appointment, he served as Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church of Boston for eight years, where he founded and directed the acclaimed “Boston Bach Birthday,” a daylong celebration of the composer’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and other art organizations in Boston.
Bálint has completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in composition at Yale University. He holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest (in clarinet and organ performance), and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland. He has taught music theory at Yale University, organ and improvisation at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Oberlin Conservatory. He regularly gives concerts in the United States and in Europe, master classes on improvisation and hymn playing and is under concert management with Penny Lorenz.