Izabella Simon began her musical education at the age of seven. She was 16 when she became a student at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where she studied, among others, with Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.
She has performed in many important music centres of Europe and is a regular guest at various international music festivals like András Schiff’s and Heinz Holliger’s Ittingen Festival, Prussia Cove Festival in England, Hitzacker Festival and Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, Maribor Festival in Slovenia, Davos (Switzerland), Cheltenam Festival in England, Salzburg, 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 Kremerata Baltica (Gidon Kremer) and Camerata Bern (Heinz Holliger)
She has recorded two CDs 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 was offered a guest-professorship at Bard College in the US and was invited to Marlboro Music Festival.
Izabella Simon plays often works for piano four-hands and two pianos with his husband, Dénes Várjon. They are artistic leaders of kamara.hu, Hungary’s leading chamber music festival held annually at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.