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Bernstein, Leonard

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1990 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Pianists

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.