Multiple JUNO Award winner, ROBI BOTOS has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expression in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter, and pianist Joey DeFrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world-class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”
Since moving to Canada, Robi has been given the chance to work with many of the greats in his industry, including Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joey DeFrancesco, Steve Gadd, and Chaka Khan, and he has participated in projects with Michel Legrand, Chick Corea, Bill Charlap, Benny Green, and Kenny Barron. Robi wasted no time laying down roots in Toronto. He has been the pianist of choice for Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson, for close to 15 years, and he has worked extensively with some of Canada’s most celebrated players including Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Archie Alleyne, Oliver Jones, Renee Rosnes, Sophie Milman, Paul Novotny, Carol Welsman, and others.