biography

Jozsef Botos

Jozsef Botos is a guitar virtuoso, born and raised in Nyiregyháza, Hungary.

At age 11, his father gave him his first guitar and his first lesson, beginning a lifelong journey into classical, jazz and world music mastery .  


Jozsef is the winner of multiple awards from various International Classical and Jazz Guitar Competitions: Szeged Guitar Festival and Esztergom Guitar Festival in Hungary ,Kutna  Hora Guitar Festival in Czech Republic , Rust Guitar Festival in Austria , 

Beograd Guitar Festival in Serbia,  Naxos Guitar Festival in Greece , Mottola Guitar Festival in Italy , and Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Swiss, including a 3rd place finish at the International “Attila Zoller” Guitar competition in Bartok Budapest where the chairman of the jury was Pat Metheny. His win at the International Classical Guitar Festival in Esztergom earned him an additional prize directly from the highly respected conductor and concert pianist Tamás Vásáry.


He is an accomplished performer, whose has performed in concerts and festivals across Europe with David Yengibarjan, Elias Meiri Trio, Timna Brauer Ensemble, Harry Stoika, PAN-T-AUX, 

No Limit Jazz Quartet - (Janoska Ensemble), Guitarist Botos Bros  , Tony  Pusztai  and many others.


In 2011, Jozsef moved to Toronto, where he has had the luxury to share the  stage with iconic musicians such as Dave Young, Tim Ries (Rolling Stones), Guido Basso, Pat Labarbera, Robi Botos, Frank Botos, Norbert Botos, Archie Alleyne, Paul Novotny, Kelly Jefferson, Dave Restivo, several other jazz groups and classical chamber orchestras .

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