István Simon is an international dance artist, permanent guest performer of Dortmund Opera and a regular guest with many of the most admired opera houses and theatres of the world, such as Teatro di San Carlo-Naples and Kremlin Theatre-Moscow.
Mr. Simon studied at the Hungarian Dance Art University in Budapest. He won gold medals at the international ballet competitions of Helsinki, Brno, St Pölten, was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and won the Grand Prix Award of HDAA in Budapest.
Mr. Simon’s dance career began in 2007 at the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany and he soon became a principal guest artist with the Hungarian National Ballet. In the season 2013/14 he joined the Hungarian National Ballet and was invited to return to Semperoper as a principal dancer a year later.
As an international dance artist, he is regularly invited to the most prestigious festivals and gala performances of the world. He has performed at Opéra National de Paris, New York City Centre, Tokyo Saitama Theatre, St. Petersburg Alexandrinsky Theatre, Antwerp DeSingel Theatre, Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris Théâtre de la Ville, Barcelona Opera Liceu, Teatro di San Carlo, Moscow Kremlin Theatre, Hungarian National Opera, Göteborg Opera House, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Finnish National Opera, Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace, and Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Chemnitz Opera, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen.
Mr. Simon’s wide repertoire stretches from classical to contemporary. He performed the principal male roles of the most well-known classical and neoclassical ballet literature such as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Solor in La Bayadere, Franz in Coppelia, James in La Sylphide, Lensky in Onegin and Armand in The Lady of the Camellias, Oberon in Midsummer night’s dream. Mr. Simon has worked together with today’s most distinguished contemporary choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekmann, David Dawson, Jacopo Godani, Stijn Celis, Xin Peng Wang, Jiří Bubeníček and Ohad Naharin.
Mr. Simon is member of the Hungarian Dance art University’s Social Council.