“The ideal soloist with a gorgeous, confident tone, who always strives to amaze the audience with his virtuosity" (P. Connors, Bachtrack), violinist Robert Lakatos, won the First Prize at the prestigious International Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain in 2015. This young artist previously won the First Prize at the Mary Smart Competition in New York in 2013, and the prestigious awards at the Andrea Postacchini Competitions in Italy and the Youth of Music Competitions in Romania. These successes opened the door to his international career on the world’s renowned music scenes. Robert Lakatos performed with the symphony orchestras of Navarre, Malaga, Madrid, Göttingen, Krakow, Monterey, Zürich, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Novi Sad, as well as with the Belgrade Philharmonic. He has collaborated with eminent conductors of today, such as Gabriel Feltz, Uros Lajovic, James Judd, Manuel Hernández-Silva, Fabio Machetti, Nicholas Milton, Lior Shambadal, Antoni Wit, Philip Greenberg, Aleksandar Markovic and many others. Robert Lakatos was born in Novi Sad in 1991. He grew up in a musical family, where his mentor was his father, Imre Lakatos. He later graduated in the class of prof. Dejan Mihailovic at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He continued his studies at the University of Arts in Zürich, and at the same time he professionally developed with top artists such as A. Rosend, J. Rahlin, R. Simovic and R. Koelman. These experiences provided him with a lasting artistic quality that he developed by engaging in both concert and pedagogical activities. Robert Lakatos currently works as a Violin Professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Since 2018, he has been the Artistic Director of the Robert Lakatos Chamber String Orchestra, composed of the artist's students, which aims to promote young violin virtuosos. He is the winner of the Cultural Sparkle Award 2017, a recognition of the Institute for Culture of Vojvodina, which is awarded for contemporary creativity to a young artist up to 35 years of age. Robert plays the violin of Antonio Stradivari from 1709, from the private collection of the famous bow maker Vladimir Radosavljević, whose bows he also uses.