Izabella Simon, piano, has been a soloist with Kremerata Baltica, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Bern, and Musikkolegium Winterthur Orchester, in addition to several Hungarian orchestras. She has been a regular participant in the Ittingen Festival led by András Schiff and Heinz Holliger, Salzburger Festspiele, Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Marlboro Festival, and the Nelson Festival in New Zealand. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Zurich’s Tonhalle and played alongside such partners such as Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Christoph Richter, and Radovan Vlatkovic. Ms. Simon is devoted to increasing the popularity of songs, as evidenced by her appearances with Sylvia Sass, Andrea Rost, Ruth Ziesak, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. She frequently plays piano four-hands and two-piano recitals in Hungary and abroad with her husband, pianist Dénes Várjon. In the past decade they organized and led several chamber music festivals, most recently “Kamara.hu” at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. With Mr. Várjon she recorded The Great Fugue, including Beethoven’s four-hand transcription of the finale of his Opus 130 String Quartet; with Ms. Sass, Liszt and Schubert Songs; and with Ms. Rost, songs of Bartók, Kodály, and Ligeti. In 2015, she launched a concert series for children focusing on classical music, guiding them in the world of the arts within the framework of a performance. She was guest professor at Bard College in 2010.
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