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
Organ Department

18 October 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Workshops of the Liszt Academy

Organ Department Presented by Liszt Academy

Featuring organist students of the Keyboard and Harp Department

Hans Koessler is one of the towering figures of Hungarian music history research yet his name is virtually only ever mentioned in a single context: he was teacher of composition for a whole generation of brilliant turn-of-the-century musicians, among them Dohnányi, Bartók and Kodály. Far less is spoken of the fact that the organist Koessler was originally invited by the Liszt Academy as organ teacher and choirmaster for the department of organ that started in 1882. Here, he had a major influence on many renowned artists including Dezső Antalffy-Zsiross, János Hammerschlag and Aladár Zalánfy. The significance of organ training has not waned since at the academy, where the current head of the organ department, László Fassang, and students are able to show off their skills on the superb and recently fully restored Voit organ in the Grand Hall – in fact, on the very instrument the original version of which was played for the first time by Koessler student Antalffy-Zsiross on 15 May 1907.



Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


Free tickets can be claimed at the Ticket Office of the Liszt Academy one month before the concert.