Iris Szeghy was born into a Hungarian family in Presov (Slovakia). She studied composition at the Academy of Music in Bratislava, later finished her doctoral studies of composition at the same school. Szeghy is a freelance composer and lives in Zürich in Switzerland.
Iris Szeghy went through different composition residencies in Germany (Stuttgart, Hamburg, Worpswede), Holland (Amsterdam), Switzerland (Boswil, Stein am Rhein, Willisau), Poland (Warsaw), Hungary (Budapest), Spain (Mojácar) and in the U.S.A. (San Diego). She writes orchestral, chamber and choral music, her works are performed in concerts and prestigious festivals in many countries of Europe, in America and Asia. Szeghy cooperated with distinguished performers, ensembles, orchestras, e.g. with the Hilliard Ensemble, Concorde Ensemble Dublin, Gemini Ensemble and Composers Ensemble London, „ensemble recherche“ Freiburg, Camerata Berne, with Harry Sparnaay, Teodoro Anzellotti, Jane Manning etc. Two Portrait-CDs (2001 in Germany, 2008 in Switzerland) have been published.