Leonard Bernstein
conductor, composer

Leonard Bernstein

  • August 25, 1918 Lawrence, Mass. (USA) - October 14, 1990 New York (USA)

Biography

Leonard Bernstein, the polymorphous musician

It is difficult to categorise Leonard Bernstein: pianist, composer, teacher or conductor. This prodigious musician was born into a family of Russian Jewish immigrants where music was an all-consuming and omnipresent passion. After studying at the Boston Latin School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard and the Curtis Institute, the young Bernstein was noted and encouraged by great masters such as Mitropoulos and Koussevitzki. In 1943, while holding the post of assistant conductor to Artur Rodzinski’s at the New-York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernstein was noticed for standing in for Bruno Walter at the last minute. The lightning speed with which Bernstein’s notoriety spread propelled him to conduct the greatest orchestras in the world. A committed artist, he performed with the Palestine Orchestra in the Holy Land and similarly, with the Wiener Philharmoniker, he would switch from works belonging to the great repertoire to first performances of Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc and Hans Werner Henze.

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Gautier Capuçon and 6 laureates of the Classe d'Excellence perform an all-cello concert
Gautier Capuçon and 6 laureates of the Classe d'Excellence perform an all-cello concert

"Capucelli" Cello Ensemble at the Fondation Lou...

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The 2021 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
The 2021 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

With Daniel Harding and Igor Levit

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Antonio Pappano conducts Sibelius, Bernstein and Nielsen — With Janine Jansen
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The 2019 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
The 2019 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

With Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang

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Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner in Nantes
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The Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
The Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood

With Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Midori, Thomas Ha...

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Sheila Jordan in Zurich
Sheila Jordan in Zurich

moods Jazz Association 2017

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Cecilia Bartoli and Friends
Cecilia Bartoli and Friends

A season in the life of one of the world's favo...

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Leonard Bernstein, Larger than Life
Leonard Bernstein, Larger than Life

A Portrait by Georg Wübbolt

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Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky and Brahms
Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Waldbühne 2014: A Midsummer Night – Berliner Ph...

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Kurt Masur Anniversary Gala: In celebration of Kurt Masur's 80th Birthday
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NEW VOD: The Three Tenors in Concert (1994)
NEW VOD: The Three Tenors in Concert (1994)

The legendary broadcast watched by over 1 billi...

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Sarah Vaughan and Trio Play Jazz from Newport (Part II)
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Nina Simone Live in Paris (Part I)
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Lahav Shani conducts Dukas, Bernstein, Stravinsky, and Mussorgsky
Lahav Shani conducts Dukas, Bernstein, Stravinsky, and Mussorgsky

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

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David Grimal and Les Dissonances perform Bartók and Bernstein
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Three Stars in Munich: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Hampson...
Three Stars in Munich: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Hampson...

An open-air concert from the Königsplatz

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Elgar's Enigma Variations
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Master Class with Thomas Hampson
Master Class with Thomas Hampson

2013 Manhattan School of Music

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
Leonard Bernstein conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

Classic Archive (1966) — With the London Sympho...

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Lorin Maazel and The New York Philharmonic: The Pyongyang Concert
Lorin Maazel and The New York Philharmonic: The Pyongyang Concert

Wagner, Dvořák, Gershwin, Bizet, Bernstein

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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bernstein's Wonderful Town — With the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Leonard Bernstein conducts Schumann's Cello Concerto – With Mstislav Rostropovich
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Bernstein conducts Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
Bernstein conducts Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

Orchestre National de France

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Valery Gergiev conducts Shchedrin and Rimsky-Korsakov
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