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Roby Lakatos

  • Jazz
  • Violinist


Roby Lakatos press reviews

The Assad Brothers/Roby Lakatos
"If the Assad brothers brought the feeling, the Roby Lakatos Ensemble brought the fire. Lakatos donned a sparkling blazer with a matching belt buckle and red leather pants, and the music shifted direction as quickly as the bow of his violin. Also known as the 'devil's fiddler,' Lakatos and his band showcased an eclectic range of influences that spanned classical, jazz, and even hinted at blues. They even added rock n' roll flavor with solos by each member, including the cimbalom player."— Austin Floyd, Savannah MagazineRelated Link
Roby Lakatos @ Lucas Theatre
"Lakatos, quite simply, is amazing to behold. He brought out a mighty arsenal of fiddle showmanship spanning the gamut: During his fast solos, in which he plays over a dozen notes a second, his wrist is the only part of his right arm that moves. During slow sections, his robust sustain and vibrato pulse the notes into the deepest recesses of the theatre." Read More...— Jim Morekis, Connect SavannahRelated Link
A throwback to the 19th century
"No two Lakatos concerts are alike because of the huge role improvisation plays in both his Gypsy and jazz-influenced music. 'The (improvisation) comes from the public, the atmosphere, so we never play two similar concerts,' Lakatos said." Read More...— Emily Goldman, Savannah Morning NewsRelated Link
'I prefer when people dance at my concerts'
"Mixing deep musical sensitivity with jaw-dropping speed - one observer calculates that Lakatos can play 1200 notes a minute - he is not only the world's premier Gypsy violinist, but one of the premier violinists in the world, period." Read More...— Jim Morekis, Connect SavannahRelated Link
Versed Violinist Goes Pop With The Symphony
"'I never play the same concert two times,' he insists, explaining how he bases the direction his performances take from the atmosphere of the audience and the hall. 'I prefer all people [in the audience] dancing and being happy.'" Read More...— Jerry Ozipko, See Magazine (Edmonton)Related Link
Fiddler plays like the devil
"He may be known as the devil's fiddler, but Roby Lakatos prefers to believe his music has heavenly origins." Read More...— Elizabeth Withey, Edmonton JournalRelated
Masterful melodies from the maestro and his virtuoso troupe
"And Lakatos? He was exactly as the audience must have hoped. As his diminutive figure strode out on stage, moustache immaculately curled to a fine point, baggy leather trousers held up with a buckled belt, wing collar tied with a black ribbon and a diamanté clasp, and a gloriously shiny jacket, there was no doubt who was to be the star of the show. He struck his bow deep into the strings to pull out a series of painfully sad notes before whipping into a series of quick, vigorous melodies, then slowed into a sliding, Grappelli-like swooping jazz with gliding portamentos, giving way to his companions for their impressive solos, then accelerating into a wild on-the-edge offbeat dance. The double-stopping, the harmonics, the fluttering pizzicato all seem like child's play in his hands, without even the sober theatrics of most classical violinists." Read More...— Gemma Champ, The National (Abu Dhabi)Related Link
Roby Lakatos returns to Abu Dhabi
"His musical prowess borders on genius. Lakatos follows in the footsteps of masters such as Liszt and Brahms in combining classical music with pulsating, vibrant Hungarian Gypsy overtones. The audience simply couldn't get enough and their applause was loud and prolonged, as befitted this man of towering musical stature." Read More...— Xpress (Abu Dhabi)Related Link
Classics can rock
"Lakatos' virtuosity and energy puts him clearly in the classical world. Yehudi Menuhin was a long-time fan and Lakatos' growing reputation has seen him performing with the London Symphony Orchestra. But rather than solely a crossing over between Gipsy folk and classical musical, Lakatos has also branched out further, experimenting with jazz, but still keeping a characteristic love of musical colour and virtuoso display. Lakatos seems singularly comfortable skipping between musical genres, though he remains keen to emphasise his respect for traditional classical music." Read More...— Feargus O'Sullivan, The National (Abu Dhabi)Related Link
The "Devil's Fiddler" Performs In Carnegie Hall
"Roby Lakatos, the so-called 'Devil's Fiddler' and a seventh-generation violin player in the Hungarian tradition, recently performed at Midtown's Carnegie Hall." [see video online] Read More...— George Whipple, NY1Related Link
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"It's probably safe to assume that many Americans haven't heard real gypsy music played by Romanian Roma. It is rawboned and propulsive stuff played with gritty virtuosity by men and women who have lived a rough and tumble life. Roby Lakatos comes from the first family of Roma violinists. He is sometimes referred to as 'the devil's fiddler.' He brings his ensemble and plenty of fire and brimstone to the Modlin Center."— Richmond.comRelated Link
Roby Lakatos Ensemble, The Hub
"Virtuoso is an overused term these days but in Roby Lakatos's case, it may even be an understatement.... Terrific stuff from a band that makes playing exceptional music seem as natural as breathing." Read More...— Rob Adams, Glasgow Herald (Scotland)Related Link
BEST PLACE your gypsy spirit
"Widely recognised for developing a unique style of playing, he blends the fiery rhythms of his gipsy roots with classical technique and jazz improvisation. Performing with a string and piano ensemble, Lakatos aims to stir up the wandering spirit in his audience. Expect to leave with your blood pumping." Read More...— Heather Crumley, Metro (UK)Related Link
Seamless blend of emotion and energy
"You don't have to be a jazz fan to admire Roby Lakatos. Back in London after five years, this wonderful gipsy violinist has become the unofficial world champ on the death of Taraf de Haidjouks's hero, an elderly icon who could play the fiddle with a length of ordinary cotton thread." Read More...— Jack Massarik, Evening Standard (London)Related Link
Lakatos awes Overture crowd
"The familiar Gypsy violin sound was given added depth by Lakatos, a direct descendent of Janos Bihari, considered the king of Gypsy violinists. His self-effacing style won the audience early, and his massive skills kept them in the palm of his hand throughout the performance." Read More...— Michael Muckian, Madison Capital Times
An impassioned Lakatos Spans Genres on the Violin
"If violinist Roby Lakatos were paid on the basis of how many notes he plays in any given performance, he'd probably be the richest musician in the world. His performance Saturday night at Royce Hall was a stunning display of finger-blurring virtuosity. But it was much more, as well." Read More...— Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times