Balint Karosi served as Minister of Music from 2007 until 2015. Having taken recently become Cantor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, Balint will continue to lead the inaugural Bach Vespers series in 2015/16 season at First Lutheran Church in Boston. He will also participate in the Boston Bach Birthday in 2016, an event he founded which is 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. The festival has gained significant media attention under his management, including live broadcasts on WGBH Classical New England, and features many world-renowned performers. He also established First Lutheran’s own Bach Vespers, a series of cantata performances in a worship setting on period instruments, and co-founded Antico Moderno, an ensemble dedicated to commission and perform new works for period players.
Bálint is an award-winning Hungarian composer, concert organist, and recording artist. He has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions and the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan. He has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Ireland and in many of the United States. His CDs include a critically acclaimed album of the Clavier-übung III by J. S. Bach, featuring the period vocal ensemble Canto Armonico that was released by Hungaroton in 2014.