Zsuzsa Bálint

Zsuzsa Bálint comes from a Hungarian family of musicians in Transylvania (Romania) and made her debut in her hometown of Targu-Mures at the age of eleven as a soloist with an orchestra. She studied in the masterclass of Prof. Boris Bloch at Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen and completed her concert exam at Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin with Prof. Georg Sava. She has received various international awards as a soloist, chamber musician and best accompanist. During her studies she received a teaching position at the UdK, which she still holds today. Further lectureships followed at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, as well as at Hochschule für Musik Mainz and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

She is in demand internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has made a name for herself as a duo partner for double bass players from all over the world, including for Ovidiu Badila, Janne Saksala, Esko Laine, Gunars Upatnieks, Wies de Boevé, Rick Stotijn, Dominik Wagner, Andrés Martín and many others with whom she plays duo recitals, gives masterclasses and records CD projects.

Since 2014 Bálint has been playing regular piano duo concerts as part of Kammermusiktage Ahrenshoop. As an accompanist for vocalists, she has been working with Burkhard von Puttkamer for many years, with whom she gives recitals as part of the Zwischenakt – Konzerte an ungewöhnlichen Orten festival.

She is the official accompanist and a frequent co-organiser at numerous competitions, masterclasses and festivals, including the Internationale Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen, Deutsche Musikwettbewerb des Deutschen Musikrates and the solo competitions of the BassEurope Academy.

Since 2005 she has also been a permanent pianist at Carl-Flesch-Akademie in Baden-Baden and a guest artist at Mattheiser Sommerakademie in Bad Sobernheim. In 2019 she played at the International Society of Bassists at the Indiana Music School Bloomington, and for BassEurope in Berlin, Prague and Lucca.

She started her own series of masterclasses for strings, Open Master Classes (OMC), in November 2021.

Radio and television recordings as well as CD productions document her artistic work, while Deutschlandradio, SWR and Radio Romania Bucharest broadcast her concerts live. For the Bavarian Radio she served as a soloist with Bamberger Symphoniker under the direction of Karl-Heinz Steffens. A CD co-production was made with her own arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake suites.

With her ensemble of three pianos she recorded a CD with film music arrangements. Her most recent CD with the double bass player Waldemar Schwiertz (Gewandhaus Leipzig/ Prof. Uni Mainz), recording sonatas by Adolf Misek, is still in production.

In addition to her pedagogical interests, experimental projects such as the three-piano ensemble Xinowa Sej, which she co-founded, and South American music, above all tango, offer Bálint creative balance. Participation in various tango formations and active cooperation with composers from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Germany, including above all Saúl Cosentino, Andrés Martín, Pablo Ardouin Shand and Judith Brandenburg, inspired her to start her own tango solo project, which, in addition to its own arrangements, also includes some world premieres.