Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a Hungarian composer, known primarily as one of the first virtuoso performers on the modern piano. He was an innovator in style and harmony.
Franz Liszt was born on October 22, 1811 at Raiding. He received his first instruction from his father. At the age of 9 he played in public for the first time. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Vienna, where he began his studies with Carl Czerny and Antonio Salieri.
In 1823 Liszt left for Paris. The following year he gave his first concert there. Paris was Liszt’s home for 2 decades. He became friendly with Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, A. M. L. de Lamartine, Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine, and eventually Richard Wagner.