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Bernstein, Leonard

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Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1990 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Pianists

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1918 - Bernstein was born on the 25th of August in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

 

1934 - Graduated from Boston Latin School.

 

Attended Harvard University, where he studied music with Walter Piston.

 

He enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

 

1942 - He composed "Jeremiah Symphony".

 

1943 - Appointed assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

1944 - Composed musicals "On the Town".

 

1947 - He conducted in Tel Aviv for the first time.

 

1949 - Conducted the world première of the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen.

 

1951 - Married Felicia Montealegre Cohn on 9th of September.

 

         - Became head of the orchestral and conducting departments at Tanglewood.

 

         - Conducted the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of the Charles Ives:Symphony No. 2.

 

1956 - He composed "Candide".
    
1957-1969 - Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.

 

         - Conducted the inaugural concert of the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

 

1960 - Bernstein began the first complete cycle of recordings in stereo.

 

1963 - Composed oratorio "Kaddish".

 

1966 - He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera conducting Verdi's Falstaff.

 

1967 - Conducted a concert on Mt. Scopus to commemorate the reunification of Jerusalem.

 

1970 - Returned to the State Opera for Otto Schenk's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

 

         - Bernstein conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

1976 - He left Felicia to live with his lover Tom Cothran.

 

1980 - He received the Kennedy Center Honors award.

 

1986 - The State Opera had Bernstein conducting his A Quiet Place.

 

1989 - Bernstein's final farewell to the State Opera.

 

         - Bernstein conducted the Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus (Playhouse).

 

1990 - Died on 14th of October and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

 

 


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