Izabella Simon pianist graduated at Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest as a student of György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, and Jenő Jandó. After graduating she has been a regular participant of the most prestigeous international festivals, like the Ittingen Festival led by András Schiff and Heinz Holliger, the Prussia Cove Festival founded by Sándor Végh, the Maribor, and the Marlboro Festival. Recently she performed at the Cheltenham, the Heidelberg, the Hitzacker, the Davos, and the Kempten Chamber Music Festivals, and played at the Schwetzingen Festspiele, with partners like Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Christoph Richter, and Radovan Vlatkovic.
She particularly enjoys working with singers, which is underlined by the appearances with Sylvia Sass, Andrea Rost, Viktória Mester, Judit Német, Éva Bátori, Tünde Szabóki, Ruth Ziesak, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. As a soloist besides the Hungarian orchestras she performed with the Kremerata Baltica, the Camerata Bern, and the Camerata Zürich. She frequently plays piano four hands, and piano duets both in Hungary and abroad with her husband, Dénes Várjon, like the highly successful concert with the Winterthur Orchestra led by Thomas Zehetmair in 2012. She has made records with Sylvia Sass (Lisz and Schubert lieders), and Andrea Rost (Kodály and Ligeti lieders). Besides her concerts in Hungary she will perform in the next season in the Zürcher Festspiele, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Normandy Festival in France, the Prussia Cove Festival in England, and the Marlboro and Bard Festivals in the United States.
After her very successful concert at 92 Y in New York she has been invited to the famous Bard College as a guest professor in 2010. To popularizing chamber music she has invented the Night of the Chamber Music, with participants like Steven Isserlis or Ferenc Rados.