Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bernstein, Leonard

(1918-1990), American composer, conductor and pianist, studied piano from the age of 10, entered Harvard University and Curtis Institute studying piano, composition and conducting, served as assistant conductor at the Berkshire Music Center under Koussevitzky, assistant conductor of NY Philharmonic under Rodzinski, taught at the Brandeis Univ., named conductor of NY Philh. from 1958 thru 1969, won the New York Critics' Circle Award in 1944 for his work "Jeremiah", he composed ballet music, musicals(West Side Story), operas(Candice, Trouble in Tahiti), symphonies, orchestral suites, and choral music.

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