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composer , conductor , pianist

Leonard Bernstein, American conductor, pianist, composer. Founder Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund, 1990.


Bernstein, Leonard was born on August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Samuel Joseph and Jennie (Resnick) Bernstein.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1939;graduate, Curtis Institute Music, 1941;studied conducting with, Fritz Reiner and Serge Koussevitzkystudied piano with, Helen Coates, Heinrich Gebhard, and Isabella Vengerovanumerous honorary degrees from various colleges and univs.


Assistant to, Serge Koussevitzky at Berkshire Music Center, 1942;assistant conductor, New York Philharmonic Symphony, 1943-1944;conductor, New York City Symphony, 1945-1948;frequent conductor, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1947;music adviser, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 1948-1949;faculty, Berkshire Music Center, 1948-1955;head conducting department, Berkshire Music Center, 1951-1955;professor music, Brandeis U., 1951-1956;co-conductor with, Dimitri Mitropoulos of New York Philharmonic, 1957-1958;music director, Dimitri Mitropoulos of New York Philharmonic, 1958-1969. Charles Eliot Norton professor poetry Harvard, 1972-1973.


  • His televised New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts and his educational programs on the Public Broadcasting Service series "Omnibus" dramatically expanded the audience for classical music


  • Broadway score

    • Peter Pan (1950)

    • Wonderful Town (1953)

    • Candide (1956)

    • West Side Story (1957)

    • Mass (1971)

  • classical work

    • Symphony Northern 1 (Jeremiah) (1942)

    • Symphony Northern 2 (The Age of Anxiety) (1949)

  • opera

    • Trouble in Tahiti (1952)

    • A Quiet Place (final version premiered 1984)

    • Symphony Northern 3 (Kaddish) (1963)

    • Chichester Psalms (1965)

  • the score for the ballet

    • Fancy Free


Founder Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund, 1990.


Married Felicia Montealegre Cohn, September 9, 1951 (deceased June 1978). Children: Jamie, Alexander, Nina.

Samuel Joseph Bernstein

Jennie (Resnick) Bernstein

Felicia Montealegre Cohn

Jamie Bernstein

Alexander Bernstein

Nina Bernstein