József Balog has given lots of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in more than 20 countries accross Europe, America and Asia. He appeared in great concert halls such as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Chan Centre (Vancouver), Kensington Palace (London – in the presence of Prince Charles), Philharmonic Hall (Kiev), Palace of Arts (Budapest), Vredenburg Music Center (Utrecht), Musikhuset (Aarhus), Antonin Castle (Poland), Equinoxe (Chateauroux), Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Lodz), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Teatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Philharmonic Hall (St Petersburg), TRT Radio Hall (Ankara), to name but a few. He also enjoyed great success in the Chopin Festival (Mallorca, 1999), Piano Festival (Tiszadob, 2003), Lisztomanias (Chateauroux, 2005), Schubertiade (Roskilde, 2006), Spring Festival (Russia, 2006), Festival Lago Maggiore (Italy, 2006), Winter Festival (Sarajevo, 2007), Liszt Festival (Sopron, 2010, 2011) Liszt Festival (Ankara, 2011), Budapest Spring Festival (2011), Rudersdal Summer Concerts (2013). His playing was broadcasted on radio and television in Hungary, Holland, Romania, Russia, Denmark, Poland, Turkey and in UK (BBC Radio). At the request of Dutch television (VPRO, 2005), he recorded Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.
He won first prize at the Bartók-Liszt International Piano Competition (Budapest 2001), Grand Prix at the Aleksander Tansman Music Competition (Lodz 2002), second prize at the Brahms International Music Competition (Pörtschach 2004), the special ‘press’ prize for the best performance of Liszt’s Piano Sonata at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition (Utrecht 2005), first prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition (Pécs 2007), and second prize at the Carlo Soliva International Piano Competition (Casale Monferrato 2008).
He get the Annie Fischer Scholarship Award by Hungarian Ministry for Culture and he won “Liszt Grand Prix du Disque” in 2005.
He has made eight CD recordings at Hungaroton, Convention Budapest Classic and Brilliant Classics.
He has played with orchestras such as the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra , Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra,Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra, Pécs Symphony Orchestra, Dohnányi Ernő Symphony Orchestra, Danube Symphony Orchetra, Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Debrecen Symphony Orchestra, under the the direction of great conductors including Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vető, Ferenc Gábor, Felix Carrasco, István Dénes, András Deák, Balázs Kocsár, Csaba Somos, László Kovács, Tamás Gál, Gábor Hollerung, Zsolt Hamar and Gergely Kesselyák…