The Liszt Academy

Ferenc Liszt founded the Academy which remains the only one in the world to bear his name. Throughout the 140 years of the Liszt Academy, it has propagated the Liszt inheritance: that of the greatest performer of the 19th century, the avant-garde composer and the unique integrating personality. What does this mean? The highest caliber of teaching and the continuous nurturing of traditions. The lineage of the Academy’s piano professors can be traced back to Liszt, so today’s teachers have indirectly gained their initiation into the mystery of piano playing from Liszt himself. The Liszt Academy today still represents his legendary philanthropic attitude. The University nurtures these traditions but also gives priority to creating the music of the future. From this perspective, we have those to look up to: of the great 20th century innovators, Bartók, Dohnányi, Weiner, Kodály, Ligeti and Kurtág, all are intimately linked to the Liszt Academy. The institution which was founded 140 years ago and the music palace’s concert halls that were opened 108 years ago, melded into a new unity after three years of reconstruction works on 22nd October 2013, on the day of the Grand Opening Gala. Ever since Liszt Academy’s Grand Hall hosted artists like Steve Reich, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Isabelle Faust, David Lang, Jordi Savall, Chick Corea, Kim Kashkashian, The King’s Consort, Charles Dutoit, Magdalena Kožená, Mischa Maisky, Pinchas Steinberg, Rachel Podger et al. Among numerous Hungarian awards, Liszt Academy’s renewed communication has been honoured this year with the institution’s second Red Dot Desing Award, the Chicago Film Festival’s Silver Hugo; the reconstruction project with Europa Nostra Award and FIABCI Prix’d Excellence, and world famous alumnus of the Academy György Kurtág with the BBVA Foundation’s Contemporary Music Award. Liszt Academy is an emblematic Budapest institution as both university and concert centre. Its foundation coincided with the birth of the metropolis alongside the Danube, its geographical location is the very centre of the city and its intellectual and artistic influence is universal.