The Society offers:

  • Journal of the American Liszt Society (JALS), published annually
  • The American Liszt Society Newsletter, published biannually
  • Annual ALS Festivals
  • ALS Archives at the Library of Congress
  • Local Chapters in various geographical areas
  • Publication opportunities in JALS
  • Performance opportunities in festivals and in chapter activities
  • Paper presentation opportunities at festivals
  • Host "house concerts"
  • Networking and mutual support among performers, scholars, and music lovers dedicated to the ideas and ideals of Franz Liszt


Oregon Chapter Opens Its Liszt Birthday Week October 17.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society, Alexandre Dossin, President, is presenting a series of concerts and other events to commemorate the birthday of Franz Liszt. Beginning Monday, October 17, a lecture by musicologist Dr. Marian Smith on "Dance Elements in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies" at 7:30 p.m. on October 17, and Ophra Yerushalmi's film Liszt's Dance With The Devil will be shown at 8:30 p.m. that evening. Beginning Tuesday, October 18, student pianists will perform concerts on three consecutive nights. On Friday evening, October 21, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov of the Cal State University Northridge music faculty (and host of the most recent ALS conference) will present a lecture on "Liszt in Russia." A master class with Dr. Alexander Tutunov takes place on Saturday, October 22, Liszt's actual birthday, at 5:00 p.m., and Dr. Alexandre Dossin will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring Liszt's Sonata and Dante Sonata. For more information, please go to Oregon Liszt Celebration. You will also want to view and listen to Dr. Alexandre Dossin's performance of the Gounod-Liszt "Waltz" from the Opera Faust.

Chicago/Midwest Chapter Hosts Annual
Liszt Birthday Concert on October 22, 2016.

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the American Liszt Society presents its Sixth Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Gala Concert on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. This year's theme is "Liszt Times Two - A Celebration of Liszt's Piano Music for Two Pianos - Four Hands." Performers include: Duo pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Daniel Paul Horn and Alexander Djordjevic, Alex Yuill and Andrew Guo, Matthew Hagle and George Radosavljevic, Karin Redekopp and Mark Edwards, and James and Sevgi Giles.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 for American Liszt Society Members, FREE for Kids 17 and under, and FREE for Music Institute of Chicago Students/Staff. Tickets are available for purchase at Liszt Chicago Tickets and at the door. For more information, please visit the Liszt Chicago Website, which includes a nice poster.

Los Angeles International Liszt
Competition November 18 - 20

The 18th biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for piano, voice, and organ will take place November 18 - 20 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. and Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA. For more information, please go to the Competition's new website at 2016 LA Liszt Competition Home Page.

Liszt Featured on Steinway Website

Our namesake, Franz Liszt, is featured on the Steinway website! To access the page, simply click here on Franz Liszt.

In Memoriam: Fernando Laires, 1925 - 2016

The American Liszt Society expresses its sincere sorrow at the loss of our mentor, friend, and exemplary Lisztian, Fernando Laires, who passed away September 9, 2016.

Fernando, a founder and long-time President of The American Liszt Society, was well known and dear to the hearts of all American Liszt Society members. Fernando's vision and tireless dedication toward promoting the music of Liszt qualifies him as a leading agent for increasing acceptance and understanding of Liszt in our profession and our generation. Fernando brought passion to his promotion of Liszt through the ALS and offered many thoughtful, fiery interpretations that led us to adore Liszt in the face of the public indifference that often greeted performances of his music. Laires was a true life-long missionary on behalf of Liszt. It is safe to say that The American Liszt Society would not exist but for his dedication and passionate work. He will be remembered by pianists throughout the world.

The Board of Directors of The American Liszt Society will at a later date designate an appropriate tribute from the Society to honor Fernando. The Society extends its deepest condolences to his wife, Nelita True, daughters Suzanne, Barbara, and Jennifer, and their families.

NY/NJ Chapter Co-Sponsors 25th Anniversary Concert
featuring Pianist Sofya Melikyan

The New York/New Jersey Chapter of The American Liszt Society begans its celebration of its 25th season in 2016 - 2017! Together with Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., the chapter presented pianist Sofya Melikyan in recital on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Mundiclasico.com (Spain) has said that "Melikyan played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 impressively. Her deeply moving performance, full of subtle nuance, was of an extraordinary beauty." Her New York program included Granados's Goyescas (complete) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. Following intermission, Melikyan will perform Lowell Liebermann's Nocturne no. 5, op. 55, and four pieces by Liszt: Nuages gris, Bagatelle sans tonalité, Les jeux d´eaux á la Villa d´Este, and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 10.

Dmitry Rachmanov Gives Recital September 10

Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, Professor of Music and Host of the recent ALS Festival at California State University-Northridge, performed a recital on Saturday, September 10, at Cypress Recital Hall in Northridge. The program included works by Schubert, Schumann, Blumenfeld, Lyadov, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.

Sophia Agranovich Performs on BargeMusic Concert

Sophia Agranovich performed a recital at BargeMusic, New York City's "floating concert hall," on Saturday, August 20. The program included Liszt's Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, Tre Sonneti del Petrarca, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14; Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie; and other works.

ALS Vice President Receives Promotion at
University of Oregon

Dr. Alexandre Dossin, Vice President of The American Liszt Society, was recently promoted to the rank of full professor at the University of Oregon. Dr. Dossin is also one of 14 UO faculty members selected as recipients of the university's prestigious Faculty Fund for Excellence in recognition of their research, teaching, and leadership.

Congratulations to our esteemed colleague!

Montclair (NJ) State University and NY/NJ ALS Chapter
present Robert Shannon in Recital June 11

The John Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey and the New York/New Jersey Chapter of The American Liszt Society presented Robert Shannon, pianist, in a recital of works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Messiaen, and Liszt. The program took place on Saturday, June 11, at the Leshowitz Recital Hall at the Cali School of Music. Robert Shannon is a member of the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The recital was part of the Dorothy Taubman Piano Festival 2016, June 11 - 12, which took place at the Cali School.

2016 ALS Conference in Northridge, CA, June 2 - 5

The ALS Conference and Festival took place June 2 - 5, 2016, on the campus of California State University, Northridge, with host Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. For more information, please see the ALS Festival website.

Noted Liszt Scholar Dies

The distinguished Liszt scholar Detlef Altenburg passed away on Monday evening, February 8, 2016, in Regensburg, Germany. He was the author and editor of many fine books about Liszt, a professor at the Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, and was in the middle of publishing a definitive annotated edition of the Collected Writings of Franz Liszt in multiple volumes.

New York/New Jersey Chapter Hosts
Piano Recital on March 24

The New York/New Jersey Chapter of the American Liszt Society presented pianist Lisa Yui in a recital on Thursday, March 24 at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City. Yamaha Artist Service co-hosted the event. The program included Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, dedicated to Schumann, and Schumann's Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17, dedicated to Liszt. For more information about the New York/New Jersey Chapter concert schedule for the remainder of the year, please contact chapter president Gila Goldstein.

In Memoriam: Maurice Hinson, 1930 - 2015

Maurice Hinson, noted teacher, author, editor, pianist, organist, administrator, recipient of the American Liszt Society Medal, and holder of the Liszt Commemorative Medal awarded by the Hungarian Government, died November 11, 2015. Maurice was the founding editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society (JALS). An appropriate tribute to this great musician and fellow Lisztian will follow shortly in the next issue of the ALS Newsletter. For additional biographical information, please see Maurice Hinson obituary.

Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition Announces Winners in 2015 Event

The Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition recently concluded, and the Winners Liszt is now available. For a detailed summary, please go to Liszt-Garrison website, and also see a Liszt/Garrison revised flyer.

San Francisco Chapter Announces 2016 Activities

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter presented Chapter President William Wellborn on the topic of "Historic Recordings of Liszt's Students, and also hosted the annual Young Pianists Play Liszt concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on April 16, 2016. The chapter earlier this spring co-sponsored, along with Old First Concerts, a concert by Hungarian pianist Peter Toth at Old First Church on Sunday March 6, 2016.

The next issue (Vol. 32 No. 2) of the Newsletter will be mailed out the week of September 5, 2016. The deadline for the following issue (Vol. 33 No. 1) is December 15, 2016