When he was 9 years old he already played piano in public in Sopron and Pozsony and soon he could continue his studies in Vienna with the support of artistic lords, as the pupil of Czerny and Salieri. At the age of 11 he met with Beethoven during his first concert in Vienna, mediated by Czerny, who was formerly Beethoven’s apprentice. After his Vienna roles, he moved to Paris with his father.
Soon he had to move back to Vienna as in Paris he could not get into the Conservatoire. In Vienna, he started to study music theory and counterpoint as a private student. Thanks to his first concert tour he met with Chopin whom he learned the nuances of piano playing, and also met with Berlioz whom he learned the orchestral language and reached new achievements in the music program. At the end of the 1830’s he went on his second tour and traveled all over Europe. In 1835 he became the teacher of the Conservatory in Genf.
In 1838 he supported the victims of the flood disaster of Pest, with the income of his concerts in Vienna.
In the early years of the Budapest Academy of Music, he was keen to help the newly emerging center of Hungarian music culture and undertook to teach there for a few months.
Approximately he has compiled 1,400 works, including original works and transcriptions. It made him one of the most prolific composers of all time and his works are indispensable elements of concert programs all over the world.
Budapest Liszt Ferenc National Airport got its name in 2011 after the composer Liszt Ferenc’ 200th birth anniversary.