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Jozsef Balogh -  Internationally Renowned Soloist, Chamber Musician, Pedagogue and Performer of Klezmer and Taragoto Music; Solo Clarinetist in  Bad Wörishofen Symphony in Germany


             Clarinettist, composer, teacher, and member of the highly regarded InterClarinet ensemble. Mr. Balogh is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He has been the principal clarinettist in a number of leading orchestras, including the Budapest Opera Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

             In addition to the clarinet, he plays the saxophone and the Hungarian national instrument, the "tarogato". He plays both the German and French system clarinets with equal fluency, and has a repertoire encompassing classical, jazz, contemporary, klezmer and gipsy music. In his unique compositions and improvisations, he combines Hungarian and Middle Eastern musical influences to create a highly personal style.

              He is a prize winner of national and international competitions (Prague, Graz and Budapest). In addition to performing at prestigious clarinet conventions and conferences around the world (Clarinetfests, EuroCass Conference, Oklahoma Symphosium etc.). He has given recitals and masterclasses in Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, England, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States. He has also served as a guest professor at the universities of Oklahoma, North Texas and Idaho State in the US, and the Hochschule fur Music Nurnberg-Augsburg in Germany.
He performed with the greatest clarinetists such as Eddie Daniels, Buddy DeFranco (Jazz), Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic) at international festivals and courses.

             He is the founder of the Healing Sounds Beethoven Project, director of Europe Art School, and the Interclarinet Master School.
He is the Artistic Director of the "Four Seasons on the Danube” Regional Art Festival and Courses in Hungary, and the newly established Greenland Palace of Art and Music.
He can be heard on numerous recordings for the Naxos Label as well as on two highly acclaimed CDs with InterClarinet ensemble, both of which feature some of his own works for clarinet quintet. He has recorded Brahms, Mozart for Naxos, and his solo CD “Contrasts” includes works by Bartok, Weiner, Kokai etc.
He is noted for his fascinating programmes, his playing shows humour, vitality of a dynamic and virtuosic musician. He is opening new doors on the concert scene bringing great music and his artistry to the stage. He has compositions for children’s musical theatre, and for clarinet, saxophone and tarogato. His “Hagada Klezmer Symphony: Four Glasses of Wine,” was premiered in 2004.
In November, 2006 include being featured as "Musician of the week" by Bartok Radio, Hungary. He was the guest professor of the University of Oklahoma in autumn of 2007.


Clarinetist, teacher, arranger and composer. One of Hungary’s most outstanding musicians with his exceptional gift for the stage. He is internationally known as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, who is equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms and styles, classical, contemporary, klezmer, jazz, folk, ethnic even gypsy.



Solo Clarinet, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra 1976 - 1985

Principal Clarinet, Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio 1985 - 1996

Principal Clarinet, Police Band Budapest 1997 - 2001

Concertmaster, Budapest Symphonic Band 1992 - 1998

Artistic Director, "ClarSix" Clarinet Ensemble, „Ozon” Woodwind Quintet 1996 - 2006

Guest Artist, ClarinetFest, I.C. 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Guest Artist, Oklahoma Symposium 1997

Soloist, Zemplén Art Festival, Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra 1995

Recitalist/Lecturer, CASS, Royal College of Music, BMIC, London, England 2000

Recitalist/Lecturer, Masterclasses, Hochschule Für Music Nürnberg-Augsburg, 2000

Slovenia, Domsale; Royal College of Music, London, England

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England

Recitalist, Hungarian Cultural Centre, London, England 2001

Recitalist /Lecturer, SaxFest, Colchester and Single Reed Festival, North Wales, 2001


Recitalist/Lecturer, NERV-Conventie, The Netherlands, Utrecht 2001

Conductor, Connelli Circus , Zürich 2001 - 2002

Recitalist, Salzburg, Austria 2003

Tarogató Solo with State Philharmonic Orchestra of Targu Mures 2003

Recitalist, instructor, NERV Conventie, The Netherlands 2004

Recitalist with Interclarinet Ensemble, Budapest Spring Festival 2004

Member of the National Theatre Orchestra 2002 - 2004

Premiere of his new piece „Hagada Klezmer Symphony” 2004

Participation at the Festival of the Japan Clarinet Society 2008


Masters Degree, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary 1979

Instructors: Bela Kovács, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti Grant / Instructor: Larry Combs 1989



Clarinet Professor, Bela Bartok Conservatoire, Budapest 1985

Clarinet Professor, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest 1988 - 1992

Guest Instructor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX; University of Oklahoma, Norman,

OK; Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1997

Clarinet Professor, Israel Clarinet Festival, Tel-Aviv 1998

Clarinet Professor, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 1998, 2007

Clarinet Professor, Masterclass and recital, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Utah State

University 1998

Clarinet Professor, Director, Europe (Javne) Music School, Budapest 2001- Present

Leader of Beethoven project 2002- Present

Clarinet Professor at the Academy of Drama and Film 2003- 2004

Composer of children’s plays for Theatre Kolibri „Max und Moric” and 2005, 2006

„Cindarella in Venice”


Professional Affiliations:

Artistic Director, EuroCass, European Clarinet and Saxophone Society 1997

Artistic Director, International Clarinet Camp of the Hungarian Clarinet Society 1994-Present

Jurist, I.C.A. Young Artist Competition 1996

EuroCass (Board Member and Founder) 1997 - present

International Clarinet Association (Hungarian National Chairperson) 1989 - present

Hungarian Clarinet Society (Founder and President) 1994 - present

WASBE (Board member of Hungarian Section) 1992 HONORS, COMPETITIONS:

Study Grant, Sir Georg Solti Foundation and the Chicago Symphony 1989

Recipient, "Bartok-Pasztory" Prize 1988

First prize, Graz International Competition with the Danubius Quartet 1988

First prize, Hungarian Radio National Competition for Woodwind Instruments 1988

Second Prize, "Concertino Praha" International Competition 1974



Judrom Gipsy Klezmer Band 2006 - present

Ale Brider Band 1998- 2007

Interclarinet Ensemble - with Norbert Täubl - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,

Manfred Preis - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Harald HarrerAugsburg College of Music, Johannes Gleichweit Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra 1998- present

Clarsix Ensemble 1997-1998

Ózon Wind Quintet 1996-2006

Budapest Symphonic Band 1992-1998


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