Remembering Bernstein

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Says Leonard Bernstein, Once Misunderstood, Is “Perfect Image” for Classical Music Today

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor and music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and incoming music director of The Metropolitan Opera, is no stranger to the many directions a career in music can take.

In this video, Nézet-Séguin describes Leonard Bernstein’s sometimes-misunderstood genius, and explains how he is the “perfect” classical musician — a man ahead of his time — who “showed all of us the way”.

Leonard Bernstein was so passionate… generous… communicative… charismatic…  so full of love

About this content

This content is part of the #Bernsteinat100 Memory Project. The interview with Yannick Nézet-Séguin was conducted in 2018 by the National Museum of American Jewish History as part of the original exhibition “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music,” on view March 16 – September 2, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

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