The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

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Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest is the only university of music in the world founded by Franz Liszt. The renowned piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, teacher, author and philanthropist established the institution in 1875.

Our impressive list of alumni bridges genres, continents and ages. Sir Georg Solti, Antal Doráti, Sándor Végh, György Sebők, János Starker, Tamás Vásáry, Péter Frankl, György Pauk, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, András Schiff, Péter Eötvös, Miklós Perényi and Éva Marton, amongst others, have had an immense impact on the development of classical music.

Students of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music are educated according to the institution’s twin spirits of tradition and progressiveness, while breathing in the inspiring atmosphere of the Liszt Academy Concert Centre with its international concert life. Teaching is conducted on a one-to-one basis and in small groups and workshops, respecting the individual needs of each talented student.