150 years of the Liszt Academy – in brief
The world-renowned Academy of Music opened its doors in 1907, but its predecessor, the National Hungarian Royal Academy of Music, was established in 1875. After the unification of Budapest in 1873, the city began to develop at an explosive pace. One result of this was that Budapest soon grew to become the cultural heart of the country. This also marked the birth of cultural institutions with national functions – and was when the demand for musical higher education arose.
The National Hungarian Royal Academy of Music was founded in the home of the deservedly famous composer Franz Liszt. When teaching began, the entire building was already available for educational use. A few years later, the Academy – now a World Heritage Site – was given its own home on Andrássy út (known at the time as Sugár út). The Academy proved to be highly popular, due to the extremely high quality of education provided by well-known teachers and the exceptionally talented students in attendance. The space available soon proved insufficient, and a new building was needed. This resulted in the construction of the current Academy building, which has since become a significant centre of Hungarian and European musical life, thanks to its excellent concert halls.
The interior of this picturesque institution is sure to astound, with its many murals, stained-glass windows and mosaics. Step through the very same door that was once used by world-renowned Hungarian musicians such as Franz Liszt, Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók; and through which performers and students arrive from many different countries today.