Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Leonard Bernstein was born and lived in the Boston area. He studied both at Harvard and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphi. Bernstein led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for many years and produced numerous recordings with them, most notably "West Side Story" and "American in Paris". Bernstein made his first visit to Israel in 1947 and began series as guest conductor for the Israel Philharmonic which lasted throughout his life.
Many of Bernstein's works were of a Jewish theme, including Symphony #1- "Jeremiah", Symphony #3- "Kaddish", and "Hallil" (Flute)- in memory of an Israeli flautist who fell in the Yom Kippur War.

Taken from the biography written by Dr. Avner Bahat in the brochure of the Philatelic Division of the Israel Postal Authority.


Click here to read about the release of the U.S. Postal Service stamp remembering Leonard Bernstein.