Leonard Bernstein

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Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable

Leonard Bernstein, from The Unanswered Question, 1976

Leonard Bernstein found fame as one of the first American conductors to attain international success. He was born on August 25 in Lawrence, Massachussetts. He was musical from a young age, and eventually went to study Music theory at Harvard. He was accepted onto the incredibly prestigious masterclass in conducting by the famed Serge Koussevitsky. He got his big break when he came to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1943 as one of the first American conductors to lead international orchestras. Bernstein was always a fan of classical and popular music, and is famed for helping to write the score to “West Side Story”. After a lengthy battle with emphysema, he died in 1990 aged 72.