Franz Liszt was born in Raiding (Hungary) in 1811 and died in Bayreuth (Germany) in 1886. At the age of nine, he gave his first public concert performance as a soloist.
Liszt embodies the perfect image of the romantic artist: with a brilliant career as a virtuoso pianist, his personal life was spent between extreme passions and religious mysticism. His piano works exploited in an unprecedented way all the timbral and technical possibilities of the instrument.
Liszt coined the symphonic poem, an expression coined by Liszt himself. Piano music was able to express feelings more effectively than poetry.