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Franz Liszt - the European

Franz Liszt’s musical career took him to various European countries that were to influence his work. His open-mindedness and cosmopolitan outlook made him a “true” European. It is thus no wonder that today he remains a prominent figure in numerous countries in different ways.

Liszt Birthplace in Raiding © Günther Pint

Budapest’s Royal Academy of Music was founded thanks to Franz Liszt. It nominated him as its first president and was named after Liszt as early as 1925. In honour of Liszt’s towering accomplishments, Weimar’s “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt”, which was named after the composer in 1956, organizes international piano and organ competitions bearing his name. And museums in Raiding, Weimar, Budapest, and Bayreuth document the life and work of Franz Liszt.

In 2006 a modern concert facility was built next to the composer’s historic birthplace in Raiding, Burgenland. Since then, the Liszt Festival, with its acoustically outstanding concert hall, has presented world-class classical concerts. Liszt’s birthplace, which still has a shingled exterior, has served as a museum since 1951, and has also been redesigned. In addition to photographs, sheet music, and Liszt’s death mask, one can also admire rarities such as the Erard piano that Liszt played. 

The province of Burgenland celebrated Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday in 2011 with a diverse and exciting programme of events. Numerous concerts, exhibitions, and several special projects were devoted to the enormous oeuvre of this composer and conductor.