Franz List was a Hungarian composer, pianst and philanthropist of the Romantic era. He was a friend and benefactor to Frederic Chopin, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann Saint-Saens, Hector Berlioz Edvard Gried, Mikhail Glinka and Alexander Borodin.
Liszt came from a musical family. His father was friends with Haydn, Hummel and Beethoven and began giving Liszt piano lessons at the age of seven. Later Liszt studied piano with Carl Czerny, who was a student of Beethoven, and composition with Antonio Salieri.
For the last twenty nine years of his life he donated all proceeds from his concerts to music and humanitarian causes.