About Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein was a dominant force in American music in the mid-20th century as a conductor, composer of both popular and classical works, and educator. He established an international reputation as the dynamic conductor of the New York Philharmonic and introduced thousands to classical music through his televised Young People's Concerts. His responsibilities as a conductor and his desire to devote himself to composition created the central, unresolved conflict of his life. He left an eclectic body of work, but is best remembered for the musical West Side Story, the film score On the Waterfront, and the overture to his operetta Candide. He received six Emmys, 16 Grammys, and three Tony Awards in his lifetime and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. His songs are frequently recorded by new artists who specialize in the Great American Songbook.
BORNAugust 25, 1918