Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos was born in 1975, his father is the renowned jazz pianist, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos. He started his classical studies in the Béla Bartók Conservatory, then he became the student of the Basel Music Academy where he continued his classical studies then changed his main studies to jazz piano.
In 1995 at the International Summer Jazz Festival Kraków he received the titles of Best pianist and Best soloist. In 1996 he won First Prize at the Bach Piano Competition organized by the Basel Radio. In 2001 he won First Prize ont he solo piano competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2005 he received the title of the best soloist at the competition of the Avignon Jazz Festival where young European ensembles compete.