Celebrated throughout the world, Cuban-Canandian jazz artist, Hilario Durán (also known as “Con Tumbao”) has had the honour of being called “one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century” by the great Chucho Valdes and here in Canada was named one of “The 10 Most influential Hispanic Canadians.”
The pianist, arranger, producer, composer, bandleader and educator has had an immeasurable impact on the Toronto jazz scene, performing extensively with Jane Bunnett as well as The Gryphon Trio.
Having benefited from his family’s huge record collection his early influences ranged from Erroll Garner, Harry James and Russian classical master Vladimir Horowitz to McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Duran attended Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory for formal training after which he served for nine years in the band of legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval as pianist, arranger and musical director.
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, Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, and more.
Born into a musical family in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the primarily self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, growing up in Budapest, 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.