Listen & Watch

Izabella Simon

Izabella Simon


Hungarian pianist Izabella Simon trained at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest where her teachers included György Kurtág. She has performed at 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 more recently at the Cheltenham, the Heidelberg the Hitzacker Festivals. Simon has collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Christoph Richter, and Radovan Vlatkovic. She is a great promoter of vocal repertoire and has Sylvia Sass, Andrea Rost, Ruth Ziesak, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. As a soloist, Simon has performed with international ensembles including Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Bern, and Camerata Zürich, and numerous Hungarian orchestras. She frequently plays piano four hands and piano duets, both in Hungary and abroad, with her husband, Dénes Várjon.

Together they have recorded an album featuring four-hands repertoire by Schumann, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven (The Great Fugue). Simon has also recorded Liszt and Schubert lieders with Sylvia Sass (Cant Art) and Kodály and Ligeti lieder with Andrea Rost (Warner). In addition to concerts in Hungary this season will see Izabella Simon perform at the Beethovenfest (Bonn), the Marlboro Festival (USA), the Pfingstfestival (Brunegg), and the Mahler Festival alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra (Brugge).

In 2015, Simon launched a highly popular classical music concert series for children with a fresh approach that embraces other genres.

Simon held a guest professorship at Bard College following her highly successful concert at 92 Y in New York. In order to promote chamber music she has programmed the successful ‘Night of Chamber Music’ featuring performers such as Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados.

Her website

Saturday 29 June 2019

10. Main Evening Concert

An Unexpected Jewel
Date 29 June 2019
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €47/€37/€27/€13
Wednesday 3 July 2019

42a. Piano Masterclass

Date 3 July 2019
Time 2:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Friday 5 July 2019

58. Morning Talk

Date 5 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Brick Oven
Admission €6
Saturday 6 July 2019

74. Main Evening Concert

Date 6 July 2019
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €47/€37/€27/€13
Sunday 7 July 2019

78. Finale

Date 7 July 2019
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €50/€40/€30/€16

Our sponsors

Arts Council Music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
RTÉ lyric fm
Embassy of Hungary, Dublin
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Irish Examiner
The Maritime Hotel
O'Keeffe's Supervalu
TJ O'Connor
University College Cork
The Ireland Funds
National String Quartet Foundation
EFFE Label
The Brick Oven
ROWA Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cork Airport
Seaview House Hotel