Sigismond Thalberg

Sigismund Thalberg

1812 (Geneva) – 1871 (Naples, Italy)

Sigismond (or Sigismund) Thalberg studied with Czerny, Hummel and Moscheles, and is widely regarded as a more significant pianist than composer. Mendelssohn engaged him to play in Leipzig. Schumann played duets with him. Liszt was his great rival as a virtuoso pianist; the two were brought together for a famous salon show-down in Paris.