Dr. Bálint Karosi has been Cantor and Director of Music, Classical, at Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan since 2015. After winning the 2008 Bach Prize in Leipzig, Bálint has been in demand as a recitalist and clinician worldwide, known for the interpretation of Bach’s music and his Baroque-style improvisations. His recording portfolio includes three albums by Hungaroton, including his original orchestral works, and thirteen albums of the complete works for organ by J. S. Bach. Bálint has recently joined the faculty of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan, where he will be teaching organ literature, church music and improvisation, starting August 2023.
Dr. Karosi’s compositions include the reconstruction of Bach’s lost St Mark’s Passion BWV 247, five organ concerti, two operas, cantatas, choral, orchestral, and instrumental works. His eight volumes of organ works are published by the Leupold Foundation. His Toccata in Memory of Bartók was the compulsory work for the 2022 NYACOP competition, his Kodály Triptych won the first prize of the Hungarian Philharmonia’s 2022 composition competition, and, in 2023, his organ concerto Syöjätär has been awarded the Kaija Saarijaho prize and the prize of the Finnish National Composer Award in Helsinki, Finland.
Bálint has studied at the Liszt Academy in his native Budapest, Hungary, the Conservatoire Superieure in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. He earned his DMA in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2017.