Tony Lakatos was born in a musician family in Budapest, Hungary. His father was a famous gipsy violinist as well as his
younger Brother Roby. The musical study began on the violin at the age of 6. He
began to play the saxophone when he was 15 years old, and became a professional
musician when he won a national jazz competition in 1977. He graduated from the
jazz department of the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest 1979. Shortly after
he moved to Germany in 1981, became one of the most respected saxophone players
in Germany as well as worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in
numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony has played the saxophone
about 350 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman. From 1985 thru 1996 member of the successful
PILI-PILI Band (leading by Jasper Van't Hof). He has been living in Germany since
1981, Frankfurt am Main since 1993 and working as a soloist in the H. R. Big
band - Radio station.
Tony Lakatos was the first Hungarian
musician who appeared on the Gavin Report Top Ten in the American Jazz Music
Radio with his CDs:
"Recycling"(jazzline) Feat. Kirk Lightsey (piano) and Al Foster
(drums) was the seventh best CD.
2. 1994 "The News"
(jazzline) feat. Kirk Lightsey (piano), George Mraz (bass) and Al Foster (drums)
won the fourth place. In 1997 a CD "Generation X "
(jazzline) came out with American world star trumpeter Randy Brecker. He is continually touring in Japan
with his own formations, and signed an exclusive contract with SKIP RECORDS in
year 2002. “The Quartet Live in Concert " DVD Feat: Kalman Olah -Piano, Adam
Nussbaum -Drums, Ron McClure -Bass, Tony Lakatos -Tenor, Soprano-Sax released in a year 2006. The recording of Gerschwin‘s “Porgy &
Bess” with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band won the “Deutsche Schallplatten
Preis” 2009. Tony Lakatos has been touring in all
countries of Europe, in the USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Lebanon, India, Thailand,
Singapore, Taiwan, China and many other parts of the world.
Giving master classes in, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Arnheim
Konservatorium (Holland), Graz, Wien Konservatorium (Austria),
Fredericksburg Mary Washington
Collage (USA), Royal Academy of Music London (UK), Birmingham
Music Depart.( UK) Bela Bartok Music academy Budapest
(Hungary), Yamaha School Hamburg (Germany), Hochschule
für Musik Nürnberg Ishimori Saxophon Store (Tokyo),
Amsterdam wind shop (Holland), Saxophone Society Bangkok (Thailand), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan)
Workshops: Remscheid, Erlangen,Darmstadt, Hilden (Germ.), Langenau (CH)