The Royal Conservatory of Music has appointed Robi Botos to a three-year term as its inaugural jazz artist in residence.
Botos’s role in the jazz artist residency will be integrated into all aspects of the prestigious music school, including community outreach for the Oscar Peterson School of Music and involvement with the new Oscar Peterson Program, which offers tuition-free music instruction to underserved youth.
“Robi is a remarkable pianist and one of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. He will bring a new dimension and fresh perspective to our music programs,” said Peter Simon, president and CEO of the Royal Conservatory. “As a disciple of celebrated RCM alumnus Oscar Peterson, he is a wonderfully dynamic performer. In addition to jazz, Robi is rooted in the deep traditions of Romani, Hungarian and European folk and classical music. He will be an inspiration to aspiring young musicians and to the community at large.”