PIANO, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
with Robi Botos
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|Piano, Up Close and Personal
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Mennonite New Life Centre (1774 Queen St. East)
Beaches Jazz Festival is proud to present Robi Botos Piano, Up Close and Personal. This is an opportunity to hear from reknowned pianist Robi Botos. He will share his love of jazz, playing techniques, practice tips and answer questions. Come enjoy this presentation no matter what instrument you play and even if you don’t.
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. Most recently, Robi was awarded the 2012 TD Grand Jazz award at The Montreal International Jazz Festival.
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 Montreux, 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, he toured Chile and Mexico.
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.
“A prodigious pianist who is about to become a National treasure”
– Ross Porter, CEO, JAZZ FM 91
“Robi Botos has seemingly played on everyone else’s records over the last decade, while racking up domestic and international awards and winning the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival solo piano competition”
– 5 N’s – Now Magazine
“Robi Botos brings a burst of fresh air to the already crowded keyboard/pianist pool.”
– Randy Brecker