Leonard Bernstein Resources
Few artists have had as close an association with Carnegie Hall as Leonard Bernstein. Between 1943 and 1990, he appeared at the Hall more than 400 times in a multitude of roles, including conductor, pianist, composer, and educator.
On this page, we invite you to learn more about Leonard Bernstein’s history at Carnegie Hall, including an exploration of his dramatic 1943 Carnegie Hall debut, when he substituted at the last minute for ailing Bruno Walter, conducted the New York Philharmonic without a rehearsal, appeared on the next day’s front page of The New York Times, and became an international celebrity.
Today, the most extensive collection of concert films, Emmy Award–winning broadcasts, and historic performances that feature Bernstein can be discovered by fans new and old on Carnegie Hall+, Carnegie Hall’s premium subscription video on-demand channel. Newly remastered and exclusive performances showcase the iconic musician as both pianist and conductor with the best orchestras from around the world. Intimate documentaries and tribute concerts take audiences behind-the-scenes of his work as a composer, including some of the most beloved Broadway musicals of our time. New programs that showcase Bernstein’s work as performer, composer, and music educator will be added to the channel each month.