Izabella Simon, Piano
Izabella Simon began her musical education at the age of seven. She was 16 years old when she became a student at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where she obtained her diploma. She studied with such professors like Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág. She has performed at the most important music centres of Europe and is regularly guest at various international music festivals like András Schiff's and Heinz Holliger's Festival Ittingen in Switzerland, Prussia Cove Festival in England, the Hitzacker Festival and Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Maribor Festival in Slovenia, Davos (Switzerland), Cheltenam Festival in England, etc. Izabella Simon often appears in chamber music concerts with artists like Miklós Perényi, Steven Isserlis, Christoph Richter, Radovan Vlatkovic, Andrea Rost, to name just a few.
As a soloist she has played, in addition to the principal Hungarian orchestras, with the Kremerata Baltica (Gidon Kremer) and the Camerata Bern (Heinz Holliger). She has recorded two CD-s for the label Cant Art with the soprano Sylvia Sass, and for Warner Classics with the soprano Andrea Rost, featuring works of Bartók, Kodály and Ligeti. She also frequently broadcasts for Hungarian Radio and Television and for the Swiss Radio. After her debut in New York’s prestigious 92 Y concert hall, she has been offered for the academic year 2010/2011 a guest-professorship at Bard College in the US and has been invited for summer 2012 to Marlboro Music Festival.
Izabella Simon plays often works for piano four-hands and for two pianos with his husband, Dénes Várjon.