Robi Botos

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Botos at the 2008 Hungarian National Jazz Awards

Robi Botos (born 1978) is a Hungarian-Canadian Musician, Composer.He has recorded several albums as a leader and was the winner of the TD Grand Jazz Award at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2016, Botos won the Juno Award for Best Jazz Album of the Year (Solo) for his recording of Movin' Forward.


Botos was born in Nyíregyháza to a Roma family, and grew up in Budapest. His first instrument was drums, and at age seven he began playing piano. In 1998 Botos immigrated to Canada and has been a prominent member of the Toronto jazz scene since.[1]

Botos has played with the likes of Michael Brecker, Pat LaBarbera, and Dave Young among others. As well as winning the TD Award in 2012 he also won the Montreux Jazz Festival piano competition in 2004.[2][3] Botos has recorded several albums as a leader of various bands. Additionally, he composed the music to the 2011 documentary A People Uncounted.

In 2015, Botos recorded Movin' Forward. The album was recorded in Toronto. Botos was accompanied by drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and bassist Robert Hurst, both alumni of Wynton Marsalis' band. Seamus Blake of New York City played sax and EWI. The album won a Juno Award for best Jazz Album of the Year (Solo) in 2016.


  • One Take, Volume 2 (2005)
  • Christmas Eve (2009)
  • One Take, Volume 4 (2010)
  • Place to Place (2011)
  • Friday Night Jazz (2013)
  • Movin' Forward (2015)


  1. ^ Youngman, Paul (2006-06-23). "Toronto Jazz Festival Day One: Molly Johnson Quartet & Robi Botos". Jazz Review. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  2. ^ D'Gama Rose, Raul (2009-01-30). "CD/LP Review: My Romance". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Newsletter". Montreux Jazz Festival. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18.