Roby & Ensemble Biography

Roby for his new record he decided to play with a rejuvenated Ensemble. All rejuvenated featuring an amazing array of young Hungarian musicians aged from only 19 to 25. They constitute a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a world marked by musical freedom, warmth, matchless virtuosity and surprising repertoire ideas with long forgotten melodies set in totally new and original arrangements.

Laszlo Balogh (guitar) was born in Budapest in 1987. He started studying music aged six with Professor Agnes Szekely of the Toth Aladar Academy in Budapest. His first instrument was the cimbalom, but he switched to the guitar when he was 12. He went on to study at the Franz Liszt Music Academy after which he became an “apprentice” in the Roby Lakatos Ensemble for two years; he is now solo guitarist.

Laszlo Boni, (second violin) was born in Budapest in 1968 and studied with Roby Lakatos’s father, playing in his orchestra and earning a soloist’s diploma as a Gypsy violinist in 1987. He then spent six months in Japan, performing with a Gypsy trio that subsequently toured the whole of Europe. He worked in Antwerp from 1991 to 1994.

Laszlo “Csorosz” Lisztes (double bass) was born 14th of February 1988. Having originally started his musical studies on the violin, at the age of 9 he makes the switch to double bass and enters the Toth Aladar academy. His teacher at the time was Lajos Duduj. He then later moved on the Bele Bartok Academy, where he studied under Istvan Lukacshazi. At present he is taking courses at the Pecs Conservatory as a post graduate student.

Kalman Cseki Jr was born in Budapest in 1982. He studied classical music at the Toth Aladar Academy. Later he moved on to the Leo Weiner Music Conservatory. Kalman Cseki Jr. is the son of Kalman Cseki Sr., Roby’s previous pianist who is now teaching piano in Mexico.

Jeno Lisztez (cimbalom) was born in Budapest in 1986 and is the grandson of a famous cimbalom player. He was only four when he started studying the classical cimbalom with Agnes Szekely. He then studied classical and Gypsy music with Jeno Soros. He was still only 12 when he won the Racz Aladar Cimbalom Competition. He has been studying at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest since 2005.

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