Liszt-Biennale Thüringen

"Landscapes of the soul"

Thuringian cities celebrate a great composer from 4 to 9 June 2025

More than ten years after the start of this undoubtedly extraordinary festival, this major collaborative project following on from the Liszt anniversary year 2011 is once again bringing together more than a dozen organisers throughout Thuringia as independent partners in a coordinated effort. We hope for your interest and participation.

And we wish you heart-warming experiences.


Franz Liszt - Ein Musikgenie und Wahl-Thüringer

The man was a star. And he was a believer, writing not only piano music but also great sacred works. Franz Liszt usually went on tour with several grand pianos and a large crucifix in his carriage. He was the first international pianist ever. Women loved him. He came from Hungary, was a cosmopolitan, an educated citizen and donated part of his income to good causes...

Sometimes he felt like a trained poodle. "Stylistically speaking, Liszt was a chameleon," says Prof Dr Wolfram Huschke, Liszt expert and former rector of the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar. And in an almost postmodern way: "The man constantly reshaped his own works." A personality ahead of his time?

The piano musician and composer Franz Liszt arrived in Weimar in 1848. Here, on the Ilm, people were urgently looking for a worthy replacement for Schiller and Goethe and found him in Liszt. There he was, cultural input in a class of its own. The people of Weimar were happy. And so was Liszt. He enjoyed the tranquillity of the small town, the recognition, the steadiness of his new existence - and created the majority of his works in Thuringia.

Incidentally, the piano world back then looked very different to ours. Do you know any piano maker other than Steinway? Exactly. Back then there were Èrards, Boisselots, Broadwood & Sons. Each manufacturer produced instruments with an unmistakable sound. The music of the Hungarian Franz Liszt changed with the development of piano-making technology. From a mobile phone bone with an aerial to an iPhone within a few years - Franz Liszt must have experienced something similar in the 19th century.

Auf einen Blick - Liszt Biennale Thüringen 2025

7. Sinfoniekonzert 

04.06.2025, 19.30 Uhr, Staatstheater Meiningen, Großes Haus
Franz Liszt: Festklänge / Igor Stravinsky: Palmensinfonie / Maurice Ravel: Daphins et Chloé

Die Wagners und Liszt - Vortrag mit Musik

05.06.2025, 18.00 Uhr, Schloss Elisabethenburg, Marmorsaal
Nike Wagner: "Die Wagners und Liszt - eine via crucis oder Grand Galopp?"
Nejc Kamplet: Klavierwerke von Liszt, Brahms und Ravel


​​​06.06.2025, 19.30 Uhr, Staatstheater Meiningen, Großes Haus
Franz Liszt: Werke für Klavier - Solo / Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Les Préludes
Mariam Batsashvili (Klavier), GMD Kilian Farrell (Dirigent)

Gesprächskonzert -
späte Klaviermusik von Liszt und Brahms 

07.06.2025, 16.00 Uhr, Schloss Elisabethenburg, Marmorsaal
Wolfram Huschke (Text), Rolf-Dieter Arens (Klavier)

"Liszt-Mixtur" - Orgelwerke und Transkriptionen

07.06.2025, 19.30 Uhr, Meininger Stadtkirche




Spiegel im Spiegel - Franz Liszt als Bearbeiter und Arrangeur

08.06.2025, 11.00 Uhr,  Strupp´sche Villa / Max-Reger-Konservatorium / Konzertsaal "Fritz Steinbach" Meiningen
Solist: Andrey Doynikov (Klavier)

Gastkonzert der Staatskapelle Weimar

08.06.2025, 19.00 Uhr, Staatstheater Meiningen, Großes Haus
Hector Berlioz: Ouvertüre zu "Benvenuto Cellini"
Marie Jaell: Kalvierkonzert Nr. 1
Franz Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodien


09.06.2025, 11.15 Uhr, Schloss Elisabethenburg, Marmorsaal
Kammermusik mit dem Davidoff-Trio
Johannes Wendel (Violine), Christoph Lamprecht (Violoncello), Yona Sophia Jutzi (Klavier)

Abschlusskonzert der Liszt-Biennale

09.06.2025, 17.00 Uhr, Wandelhalle Bad Liebenstein
Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach

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