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:
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 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)