The founder also defined the mission of the Liszt Academy. The unique performing career, the compositions combining music traditions with a progressive approach, and the far-reaching, altruistic personality of Ferenc Liszt frames a heritage on which the music teaching of the academy has been able to sustain itself to the present day, and which serves as a benchmark for the very highest professional standards. The ‘forebears’ of Liszt Academy piano professors can, without exception, be traced back to Liszt since all were indirectly students of the great artist. Highly respected professors currently teaching in the institution are the heirs of such legendary musicians as Jenő Hubay, Dávid Popper, Leó Weiner and Ernő Dohnányi, while Liszt Academy students follow in the footsteps of such world-famous alumni as György Solti, Antal Doráti, Sándor Végh, Tamás Vásáry, György Pauk, András Schiff, Dezső Ránki and Zoltán Kocsis. The university considers its primary objectives to be the creation of the music of the future as well as nurturing traditions. From this point of view, too, there are precedents: amongst the great innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries, Bartók, Kodály, Ligeti, György Kurtág and Péter Eötvös are closely associated with the Liszt Academy in countless different ways. The spirit of the Liszt Academy is firmly international. Many former students were forced to leave Hungary in the wake of historical upheavals, going on to become key figures in the 20th century history of music performance art around the world. Seeing the university’s many alumni and honorary professors, one can be in no doubt whatsoever that the Liszt Academy is one of the most significant wellsprings of music’s world heritage.