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Leonard Bernstein presented medal by Mrs. Rose Kennedy
Leonard Bernstein receives a dedicatory medal of the John F. Kennedy Center from Mrs. Rose Kennedy at a cast party following the official opening of the center on September 8, 1971 in Washington with a performance of Bernstein?s ?Mass.? (UPI Photo/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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