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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was born in Lawrence, MA from Russian Jewish parents. Bernstein studied music at Harvard University and had a distinguished career as a conductor, composer, music lecturer and pianist. In 1957, Bernstein was named Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and he gained notoriety for conducting concerts with many of the world's leading orchestras. Bernstein received several Emmy awards.He wrote 3 symphonies, 2 operas, and 5 musicals, including "West Side Story."