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Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein kisses his former piano teacher Helen Grace Coates
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein kisses his former piano teacher Helen Grace Coates after the Founder’s Day Convocation honoring Coates and Bernstein at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, on March 24, 1987. Bernstein has long credited Coates’ teaching as the decisive influence in his musical training. (UPI Photo/Dorothy Littell/Files)
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Leonard Bernstein ( /ˈbɜrnstaɪn/ US dict: bûrn′·stīn; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, as well as Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and his own Mass.

Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954, continuing until his death. In addition, he was a skilled pianist, often conducting while performing piano concertos simultaneously.

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