Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein
Leonard (Louis) Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. His grandmother had insisted his name be Louis, but his parents always called him Leonard and he legally changed his name to Leonard when he was 15.
Bernstein had a love of music from a young age. His family got an old piano from a family member that enabled him to learn to play at home. He had several teachers over the years and could play entire operas and Beethoven symphonies as a child.