Robi Botos

Performing with Jumaane Smith, Saturday April 25, 2015 @ 8PM - Stratus Vineyards

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Robi Botos is a Jazz pianist of Hungarian decent who has quickly joined the ranks of Canada’s elite jazz musicians. Having been mentored by the great Oscar Peterson, Robi Botos has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including a 2007 National Jazz Award for “Keyboardist of the Year”, 2007 NOW Award for “Best Jazz Artist” and First Place Prizes at the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and 2008 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Born into a musical family in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark.

Robi’s notable performances include: Opening for Oscar Peterson at the Stravinsky hall in Montreaux, headlining the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre and opening for Bela Fleck at the 2005 TD Toronto Jazz Festival main stage. He returned to the TD Jazz Festival Main stage in 2011 to release his debut album as leader, Place to Place. (A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada).

In 2012 Robi Botos was commissioned to transcribe and record Bill Evans’ BBC performance of My Foolish Heart for the score of Arbitrage, a film starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Robi has also composed music for the award-winning documentary, A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of The Roma.

Since immigrating to Toronto in 1998, Robi has recorded and performed with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera, Richard Bona, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso and Avishai Cohen.

Robi Botos brings a burst of fresh air to the already crowded keyboard/pianist pool.
— Randy Brecker