Liszt was a Hungarian
composer and pianist. His
piano technique was legendary and he was the greatest pianist of his time. In 1848 he took
up a full-time conducting post at the Weimar court, where he conducted new operas by
Wagner, Berlioz and Verdi and, as the teacher of Hans von
Bülow and others in the German avant-garde, became the figurehead of the 'New German
school'. He was active as a teacher and performer to the end of his life.