Ildikó Vékony was born in 1963 and started to play the cimbalom at the age of seven. She graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where she was the student of Ferenc Gelencsér. The school of György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados as well as the composers of the new Music Studio had a great impact on her musical thinking.
She gave concerts in several countries of Europe, was invited to numerous festivals and played the cimbalom with many renowned orchestras (the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne). She performed among other venues at Tonhalle in Zurich, in Berlin, and at the Philharmonie in Munich. She was guest artist at the Orlando Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Musikfestspiele Saar and the Salzburg Osterfestspiele. She worked with Claudio Abbado, Zoltán Peskó, and Péter Eötvös.
Her repertory spreads from the music of the 12th century through Bach to contemporary music. She was the first performer of several contemporary pieces, and won the award of Artisjus (Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors' Rights), for her interpretation of contemporary Hungarian compositions several times. She participated in many radio and CD recordings.
Artisjus Prize (1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006)