Born August 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts, first child of Samuel and Jennie Bernstein.
First piano recital; began piano studies with Helen Coates, who later became Bernstein's secretary.
Graduated from Boston Latin School; freshman year at Harvard University; piano studies with Heinrich Gebhard.
First professional appearance as a solo pianist with orchestra; first met Aaron Copland, Adolph Green and Dimitri Mitropoulos.
Music editor, Harvard Advocate.
Graduated from Harvard cum laude in music; composed and conducted incidental music for a production of Aristophane's The Birds; entered Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. Conducting studies under Fritz Reiner; piano studies with Isabelle Vengerova; orchestration with Randall Thompson; score-reading with Renee Longy Miquelle.
Conducting studies under Serge Koussevitzky at Berkshire Music Center, Massachusetts, now Tanglewood Music Center.
Graduated from Curtis Institute.
First published work, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; assistant to Koussevitzky at Tanglewood; moved to New York; completed First Symphony, Jeremiah.