Botond Kostyák, an internationally renowned musician, was born in 1959 in Romania (Cluj) to a family of Hungarian musicians. He began studying piano and double bass in his home town and later in Bucharest at the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory of Music. Among his professors was Ion Cheptea. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Conservatory in 1982.
He has distinguished himself in international competitions: third prize in the International Double bass Competition in Markneukirchen (Germany) in 1981 and second prize for the International Double bass Competition in Mittenwald (Germany) in 1991.
From 1983 to 1993 Botond Kostyák was a member of several symphony orchestras including the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Brașov (Romania), the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Târgu Mureș (Romania), and soloist of the Argov Orchestra (Switzerland). He has lived in France since 1993, becoming double bass soloist of the National Orchestra of Lyon in 1993.
Botond Kostyák has recorded for AEOLUS, DIVOX, ERNEN and other companies, performed several concerts as soloist in European countries and closely collaborated with such great conductors as Emmanuel Krivine, David Robertson and Leonard Slatkin.
Botond Kostyák frequently performs with the ‘Erato’, ‘Debussy’ and ‘Beethoven’ quartets, and he is the founding member of the string bass quartet “Mobile” which won the Romanian Music Critic Prize in 1988.
He has been active as professor in this field at the music Academy of Basel (Switzerland) since 2001 and at the Music Conservatory of Vienna (Austria) since 2010 and performs master classes in Europe.