Tony Lakatos was born in a musician family in Budapest (Hungary). His Father was a famous gipsy violinist as well as his younger brother. The musical study began on the violin at the age of 6. He started playing the saxophone as he was he was 15 years old, and became a professional musician in 1977, as he won a national jazz competition. 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 and worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony Lakatos has played the saxophone about 350 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman.
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.
1. 1993 "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 recording of Gerschwin‘s “Porgy&Bess“ with the Frankfurt Radio BigBand 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. He is giving master classes in many European cities including Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Graz, Wien Konservatorium (Austria), Royal Academy of Music London (UK) Birmigham 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). He also gives workshops in Germany.
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