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.

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Vilmos Csikos (double bass) was born into a family of musicians in Budapest - his mother played the violin and his father was one of the best gypsy bassists in the country. From an early age, Vilmos was in contact with different music genres: American jazz, classical music, Romanian traditional music, etc. His favorite instrument has always been the double bass, but being too small to play at six, he was first introduced to the piano. He attended classes at the famous Dugonics School in Budapest. During that time, he won several national competitions. Vilmos regularly plays with Roby’s Ensemble since 2017.

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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  • Roby Lakatos Ensemble possess a technical prowess and musical sensitivity any musician would envy, and they gave a lively performance of repertoire that audience enjoyed.
    Cashman Kerr Prince
    The Boston Musical Intelligencer
  • Some of the music was “schmaltz” that pulled at your heartstrings, and got you clapping in time at all the predictable places, like the medley from Fiddler on the Roof. And some of it of it, like Monti’s “Csárdás,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” were vehicles for the jaw-dropping, ‘fasten your seat-belts’ virtuosity of Lakatos and every member of his band.
    Stanley Fefferman
    OpusOneReview

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