As a guest of the Salve Regina choir from Keszthely dr. Sándor Balatoni was invited to play the organ on two occasions in Passau, Germany in February. On 16th February dr. Sandor Balatoni has played the great organ of the Passau Cathedral which is still the largest pipe church organ in Europe. As a presenter recital he performed J.S. Bach: Prelude and fugue in b minor (BWV 544) L. Vierne: Final (1st Symphony) and an improvisation.
On 20th October 2018 dr. Sándor Balatoni held a presentation and a masterclass in Vrsac, Serbia for cantors and church musicians as part of the Interreg IPA-CBC cross-border religious music establishment. The topic of the presentation was 'Liturgic improvisations on catholic chants' and after the presentation a masterclass took place at the great church of Vrsac.
dr. Sándor Balatoni, together with prof. Tamás Lakner and dr. Péter Hoppál has participated at the 14th International China Chorus Festival in Beijing and at the Yellow River Festival in Lanzhou at the end of July. During the festivals he participated as a conductor, accompanist, soloist but also held several masterclasses and workshops with his colleagues and the choir of the University of Pécs.
In March 2018 Sándor Balatoni had been awarded with an Erasmus + scholarship to held masterclasses and presentations at the Music Academy of Novi Sad.
The jury of the European Choral Association has given 1st Prize for the composition Cantate Domino from Sándor Balatoni, which has been selected from 51 anonymous works sent from 16 countries. The prestigious prize will be awarded at the 20th Europa Cantat in Tallin, for which the Ministry of Human Resources also given a Certificate of Honor.
With the title, Hungarian organ music the first solo organ recordings of Sándor Balatoni has been released. Besides the classical and less known organ works the CD features his own composition and two transcriptions as well.