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Budapest: tonwelt company makes restoration of two historical Liszt pianos by Bösendorfer possible

Soon, visitors to the Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest will be able to hear both of Liszt’s pianos once again with their brilliant sound thanks to the dedication of tonwelt and the Hungarian Academy of Music's piano workshop.

For classical music lovers, the Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest is without a doubt one of the highlights of a visit to the Hungarian capital. The museum, which belongs to the Hungarian Academy of Music and is housed in the great composer's and pianist's reconstructed former apartment, where he lived from 1881 to 1886, has recently provided its visitors with audio guides by the tonwelt company.

This Bösendorfer grand was the property of Franz Liszt. He used it every day for teaching and for his own exercises. The room in which it is currently located was once Liszt's practice room in the Budapest Academy of Music.

Franz Liszt's study and bedroom

Franz Liszt's study and bedroom

A common history: Franz Liszt and Bösendorfer

While tonwelt employees installed the audio guide system on-site, Liszt Museum director Zsuzsanna Domokos showed them a very special treasure: the museum's -- and thereby also the Academy of Music's -- collection includes two original Bösendorfer grand pianos that were owned by Franz Liszt. One of them served the musical icon as a work and practice instrument, while the other continues to be used today for concerts (above all by students of the Academy).

However, neither instrument was spared the ravages of time. To halt the damaging aging process, the action especially needed to be restored as quickly and expertly as possible. As the Liszt Museum was unable to raise the necessary money itself, when restoration of the two grand -- in both meanings of the word -- pianos would have been uncertain. Spontaneously, tonwelt director Gürsan Acar decided to finance the necessary restoration work and thereby secure the preservation of this cultural inheritance.

This Bösendorfer grand in the Liszt Museum's foyer, which "receives" the many visitors to the museum, belonged to the great composer. It continues to be used for concerts to this day.

This Bösendorfer grand in the Liszt Museum's foyer, which "receives" the many visitors to the museum, belonged to the great composer. It continues to be used for concerts to this day.

Susanna Domokos, director of the Liszt Museum

Susanna Domokos, director of the Liszt Museum

Gabór Farkas will present both pianos in concert

Soon, both Liszt pianos will once again be heard in their brilliant sound, thanks to the dedication of tonwelt and the piano workshop of the Hungarian Academy of Music: on May 15, 2010, a press conference and a concert on one of the two pianos will take place in the Franz Liszt Chamber Hall, located in the direct vicinity of the museum. The pianist will be Gábor Farkas, the winner of the 6th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar in 2009, who also won the audience prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Joseph Haydn. Also last year, Gábor Farkas was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the International Liszt Society for his CD, "An Evening with Liszt."

Read more about the solidarity between Franz Liszt and Bösendorfer on our company history pages: www.boesendorfer.com

For additional information on the Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest, please visit:
www.lisztmuseum.hu

"tonwelt" audio and tour guides are installed in many European cultural institutions: www.tonwelt.com

(rulö)
(Photo credits: Franz Liszt Museum Budapest)