Izabella Simon


Izabella Simon, pianist, graduated at Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest as a student of György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, and Jenő Jandó. Since graduation, she has been a regular participant of the most prestigious international festivals such as the Ittingen Festival led by András Schiff and Heinz Holliger; the Prussia Cove Festival founded by Sándor Végh; the Maribor Festival and the Marlboro Festival (USA) held annually. In recent years, she has performed at the Cheltenham, the Heidelberg and the Hitzacker Festivals, the Schwetzingen Festspiele, the Nelson Chamber Music Festival (New Zealand) as well as the Kempten Chamber Music Festival, playing alongside musical partners such as Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Christoph Richter, and Radovan Vlatkovic. She attaches particular importance to increasing the popularity of songs, which is underlined by her appearances with Sylvia Sass, Andrea Rost, Ruth Ziesak, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. As a soloist, she has performed with international ensembles such as the Kremerata Baltica, the Camerata Bern, and the Camerata Zürich, in addition to a number of Hungarian orchestras. She frequently plays piano four hands, and piano duets both in Hungary and abroad with her husband, piano artist Dénes Várjon.

She has made records with Dénes Várjon (The Great Fugue), Sylvia Sass performing Liszt and Schubert lieders (Cant Art), and Andrea Rost performing Kodály and Ligeti lieders (Warner). Besides her concerts to be played in Hungary, the next season will feature her at venues including the Beethovenfest (Bonn), the Marlboro Festival (USA), the Pfingstfestival (Brunegg), and the Mahler Festival alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra (Brugge).

In 2015, she launched a highly popular concert series for children focusing on classical music, guiding children in the world of arts with the help of other genres in the framework of a complex performance.

Following her highly successful concert held at 92 Y in New York, she has been invited to the famous Bard College as a guest professor in 2010. In order to promote chamber music, she has come up with the idea of the Night of the Chamber Music, with such distinguished participants as Steven Isserlis or Ferenc Rados.