Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)

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Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, Heinrich Gebhard and Isabelle Vengerova, at the Curtis... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack
West Side Story Music Department


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 2017 Trouble in Tahiti (Video) (libretto)
 2004 A History of Russia: Tsars and Revolutions (TV Movie documentary) (writer)
 2001 Trouble in Tahiti (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1991 Candide (TV Movie) (lyrics) / (narrative written by)
 1986 A Quiet Place (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1985 Bernstein on Mahler (TV Movie documentary) (script)
 1976 The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (TV Mini Series) (script - 6 episodes)
- The Poetry of Earth (1976) ... (script)
- The Twentieth Century Crisis (1976) ... (script)
- Musical Semantics (1976) ... (script)
- Musical Syntax (1976) ... (script)
 1974 What Makes a Gershwin Tune a Gershwin Tune? (TV Movie) (commentary)
  New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts (TV Series) (25 episodes, 1959 - 1972) (script - 22 episodes, 1958 - 1968) (written by - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (script by - 2 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
 1971 Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (TV Movie documentary) (commentary)
 1970 Bernstein on Beethoven: A Celebration in Vienna (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution (TV Movie documentary) (Mr. Bernstein's material)
 1962 The Drama of Carmen (TV Movie documentary)
 1961 Romanticism in Music (TV Movie)
 1960 Rhythm (TV Movie)
 1960 The Creative Performer (TV Movie documentary)
 1959 The Infinite Variety of Music (TV Movie) (script)
 1954-1958 Omnibus (TV Series) (script - 6 episodes)
- What Makes Opera Grand? (1958) ... (script)
- The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1957) ... (script)
- Introduction to Modern Music (1957) ... (script)
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... (script)
- The Art of Conducting (1955) ... (script)
 1952 Trouble in Tahiti (TV Movie) (libretto by)
 1952 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series) (libretto - 1 episode)
- Trouble in Tahiti (1952) ... (libretto)
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Other Works:

Musical work: "Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra with Percussion". See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 10 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Leonard Bernstein


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Felicia Montealegre  (her death)  (3 children)

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Personal Quote:

Life without music is unthinkable. Music without life is academic. That is why my contact with music is a total embrace. See more »


Named to then-President Richard Nixon's famed "enemies list" for hosting a fund-raising party in 1970 for the Black Panthers, the Afro-American militant group, with a glamorous Who's Who of the New York City performing arts scene (for that era) in attendance. Journalist/novelist Tom Wolfe covered the event for New Yorker Magazine, later publishing his comments in book form as "Radical Chic". See more »



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