It was just after midnight on November 14, 1959, when the pianist Franz Liszt, then aged just 23, was invited to play the first of his two concertos, The Marriage of Figaro.
Liszts youngest daughter, Maria, and his oldest son, the composer, were there, and as Lisztz took the stage, Maria took the piano away and put it in the hands of her brother-in-law.
“I knew that it was for me, that the music would be my musical inheritance, but I was a little afraid that it might go into the garbage.
I didn’t want it to be taken away,” Liszturk told Al Jazeera.
But the concerto, which he wrote with the late pianist André Schumann, would go on to become a worldwide sensation, and Lisztras son was born the following year.
Liszin’s career as a pianist and composer took off, as did his family’s.
Liszig’s parents, Peter and Margareta, had been musicians for decades and were already renowned as pianists.
Their son, Franz Liszin, grew up playing and studying music at their local music school, before enrolling in the Vienna Conservatory in 1954.
But he would never have dreamed of becoming a conductor, and would not have had the chance until Lisztert, now 72, died suddenly of a heart attack in 1972.
He had been diagnosed with advanced stage 2 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 1972, but despite an extensive rehabilitation program, Liszin struggled with his disease and died of a massive stroke at the age of 58.
Liszen’s son Franz was born on October 21, 1970, the same day that his father died, but the family was unable to celebrate.
“He was born after my father had died,” Liszin said.
“But I never wanted him to be like my father.
I don’t think he would have wanted to be a conductor.”
After completing his training in Vienna, Lisztan would go to work at the Bach-Institut in Berlin, where he worked on his first symphony, The Sorrows of Young Love.
The family would move to Vienna in the early 1980s, and when Liszten moved to New York in 1983 to attend a prestigious music conservatory, he would spend the next decade living and performing at the same time.
His work has been widely appreciated, and even earned him an Oscar nomination.
His son, meanwhile, is best known for his solo recordings in his own right, which have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.
“When I started out I was not as talented as I am now.
But I knew that I was very talented, and that it would be something I could do,” Liszar said.
Liszer’s son has been a regular performer since he was a teenager, performing at opera houses around the world and having a successful solo career.
“For him it was the dream.
It’s not just an artistic career; it’s something that he does for his family and his friends,” Liszer said.
For many, his work is synonymous with the musical world.
“His work is really special, because it’s very intimate, very personal and very emotional.
His music has always been a tribute to his father and his family, and the way he performs it,” Lisza said.
In 2013, Liszar won the Prix de l’Église du Musique de Paris for the second time.
In a statement, the Musique du Concerta said: “For the last few years, Franz has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, both in the opera world and on the stage.
His extraordinary career is inextricably bound to the musical experience, with the result that his concerts are not only extraordinary, but also transcendent.”
Lisztal’s son is no stranger to performing.
The son has performed with the likes of the American band the Eagles and his own son, Stefan, has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Vatican.
“It’s very important to me that his music is recognised as a contribution to music and to culture, and I think that his success will be one of those great accomplishments,” Liszan said.