A versatile concert organist and recording artist, Balint Karosi has served as FLC’s Minister of Music since 2007. His resume includes prizes at prestigious international competitions including the first prize at the 16th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, first prize and audience prize at the Dublin International Organ Competition, first prize at the Arthur Poister Organ Competition, and first prize and audience prize at the Miami International Organ Competition. As a clarinetist he was also a prizewinner of the Prague Spring International Clarinet Competition in 2002. In 2009, he received the Prima Primissima Junior Prize for music, which honors the most distinguished performers of his native Hungary. Most recently, in 2012, he won 1st prize at the Organ Improvisation Competition at the University of Michigan.
As a recording artist, Karosi recorded two commercial CD recordings, has recorded for DunaTV, the Bartók Rádio stations in Hungary and his recordings have been aired on NPR and WGBH, Boston.
Karosi was commissioned to write several work for the new organ at the National Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary, including Consonances, a concerto for organ and symphony orchestra, that was broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” program. One volume of his compositions have been published by Wayne Leupold Editions and four volumes are to be published this year by Concordia Publishing House. As an improviser he had been invited to an “organ duel” with Sietze de Vries at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest.
Karosi studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Conservatoire Superieure de Genève with Lionel Rogg, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with James David Christie earning two master’s degrees, two Prix de Virtuosité as well as both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree in historical keyboard performance.
He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in composition and church music at the Yale School of Music. He has been teaching private organ and improvisation students and since 2012 he has been on the faculty at the School of Theology at Boston University, and the Music Department at UMass Boston.