Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge with others. Inspired by her father, Leonard Bernstein, and his lifelong impulse to share and teach, she has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with The Bernstein Beat, a family concert about her father’s music modeled after his groundbreaking New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts, she has gone on to design, write, and narrate concerts for audiences of all ages.
Ms. Bernstein travels the world as a concert narrator and a frequent speaker on musical topics. In Spanish-speaking locations, she narrates en español — thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual. As a broadcaster, she has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain, and presented the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts and live broadcasts from Tanglewood. She is co-director of the award-winning documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music, which focuses on children participating in youth orchestra programs for social transformation inspired by Venezuela’s groundbreaking El Sistema. She has also directed her father’s chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in locations including the Moab Music Festival, Festival del Sole in Napa, California, and Tanglewood.
Her memoir, Famous Father Girl, was published by HarperCollins (2018). Jamie Bernstein also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, The Nation, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father’s legacy.