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Leonard Bernstein August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990 Song: America from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein O Instrument(s): piano, composer, conductor O Genre: Classical, Ballet, Opera, Broadway Interesting Facts o Music Director of the New York Philharmonic 1958-1969 o First American to conduct opera at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan o Leading advocate of American composers, especially Aaron Copland. o Created a series of “Young People’s Concerts” o Compositions were often inspired by his Jewish heritage. o Had a strong relationship with the country of Israel throughout his career. o Composed a variety of genres including symphonies, small scale instrumental and vocal works, operas, ballets, broadway o Very passionate about achieving global harmony.