Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, 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: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre. Opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. As well in the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland.
Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada's jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Jake Hannah, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona to name a some.
1987 First prize at the Hungarian AORTA national jazz band competition
1998 "Best Soloist" prize at the Hungarian Bartok Radio's international jazz piano competition.
2004 First prize and public prize at the International Montreux Jazz Festival's solo piano competition
2005 Best soloist prize and 2nd place at the International "Jazz Hoeilaart" band competition in Belgium
2005 Official IAJE (International association for jazz education) award in Long Beach, California
2006 Runner up at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition
2006 Nomination for "keyboardist of the year" at the National jazz awards
2006 3rd prize at the "Martial Solal" Piano Competition in Paris France
2006 JUNO Nomination for "contemporary jazz album of the year" for "One Take"
2006 National Jazz Award nomination for "Keyboardist Of The Year"
2007 National Jazz Award for "Keyboardist Of the Year"
2007 Finalist at the "Great American Jazz Piano Competition" in Jacksonville Florida
2007 NOW award for "Best Jazz Artist"
2008 National Jazz Award Nomination for "Keyboardist Of The Year"
2008 First prize Winner at the "Great American Jazz Piano Competition" in Jacksonville Florida
2010 Galaxie Rising Stars Award W/ rinsethealgorithm