Roby Lakatos gave a concert in the Győr synagogue in the framework of the Five Churches Advent, close to the place where his family used to live. The gala concert supported his recently established foundation.
At the concert, besides the own program of Roby Lakatos other special songs were played, together with the two excellent musicians Béla Szakcsi Lakatos Junior and György Ferenczi. Before the evening concert of the violin virtuoso will also give a workshop for young students in the Liszt Ferenc Music School.
Roby Lakatos has family ties in Győr-Újváros. The violinist familiar with classical, gipsy music, jazz, even flamenco, tango, bolero and klezmer was invited to Brussels when he was 18 years old, and while mentored by, among others, Yehudi Menuhin, he became world famous and toured all over the world, playing with such artists as Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Randy Brecker, Giora Feidman, orHerbie Hancock.
The recently registered Roby Lakatos Alapítvány wishes to support gifted children so by using their talent they can become useful members of society. The foundation operates all over the country and also abroad, however the starting point and one basis will be Győr.
For Roby Lakatos it was clear that besides artistic work he will also deal with talents – he said among others, his grandchildren showed him the way. “As far as my time allows, I try to spend as much time as possible with my grandchildren, Nati and Misi. Music has always been central for us. We practice and play a lot together. Therefore I am more open in the world and look for talents, trying to help them and give them advice. I believe this is my duty now. This is why we thought we can be more effective in the form of a foundation. I would like to give back a lot from what I received from fate and God.”
The violinist is from Győr, and this is why the foundation was also given this location. “We established the foundation with my son-in-law, Misi Farkas, who has had a long relationship with Kata Borsa and Kálmán Pál, who are dominant in the cultural flow of Győr. My family is from Győr, so it was an obvious decision. For me it is a great joy that the foundation and its program was welcomed by the city, and was also included in the European Cultural Capital application of Győr. We hope our joint work will be fruitful, and the work can start in spring in a city which prepares to be a cultural capital. However, all the programs, including this mentor program will be implemented also in case Győr will not be the European Cultural Capital in 2023.”