• One of the most widely performed composers of the 20th century
• Works successfully bridge between classical and popular idioms, combining jazz-inspired energy and theatrical panache
• Acclaimed stage works include West Side Story, On the Town and Candide
• Dance collaborations with Jerome Robbins including Fancy Free, Facsimile and The Dybbuk
• One of the most admired conductors of the post-war era, particularly associated with the New York, Israel, and Vienna philharmonics; Boston and London symphony orchestras; and Tanglewood Festival
• Important role as an educator, including pioneering work on television
• Output recorded extensively on Sony and Deutsche Grammophon
Works by Leonard Bernstein include:
Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety' (1949) for piano and orchestra
Candide (1956/88) Comic operetta in two acts
Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' (1960) for orchestra
Mass (1971) A theatre piece for singers, players and dancers
Looking Ahead: The new Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival between August 30 and September 9.
In October, Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langrée play the Overture to Candide as well as Bernstein's Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront (Oct 13-14).
"Bernstein's music is cross-over without compromise, a corpus of work that simply had to be." — Independent