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Bernstein, Leonard

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

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.






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