Peaceful and bustling, a big metropolis and yet friendly, it treasures the old and embraces the new. Here the historic blends with the modern: the hills harmonize with the river, that is, the Danube, which flows through the city along a stretch of 28 kilometres. Budapest possesses a rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage. Recognizing the unique value of its traditions it has managed to maintain its magic and charm, and is rightly known as the Queen of the Danube. It has also been called the City of Spas, as there are a dozen thermal baths complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs.
The Franz Liszt Academy of Music, now a state university with about 900 students, is the only music academy in the world that was founded by Franz Liszt himself in 1875. Liszt was a multi-faceted genius: piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, music teacher, author and philanthropist.
“Génie oblige!” was his credo: it is the duty of an artist to use his gifts for the benefit of humanity and to nurture genuine talent. Teaching at the Liszt Academy is rooted in this principle and reflects the vision of its open and versatile, internationally recognised, founder, who was years ahead of his time.
The Academy has always taken pride in meeting the standards set by its founders and revered professors. Studying here means hard and disciplined work under the guidance of professors who are renowned performing artists, visiting professors at other illustrious universities, jury members of international competitions, and for whom teaching is a passion.