Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer, and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. She grew up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theater, and literature. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, together with her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, and their legions of friends in the arts, created a spontaneous, ebullient household that turned Jamie into a dyed-in-the-wool cultural enthusiast.
Replicating her father’s lifelong compulsion to share and teach, Ms. Bernstein has written and produced several concerts for families and young people on the music of Copland, Mozart, Bernstein, and others. The acclaimed program The Bernstein Beat, a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts has been presented by Carnegie Hall Family Concerts, the Caramoor Festival, and orchestras across the country.
Ms. Bernstein also travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing with orchestras from Philadelphia to Minnesota, Havana to Beijing. In her role as a broadcaster, she has produced and hosted numerous shows for radio stations in the US and Great Britain. In addition to hosting several seasons of the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts, Ms. Bernstein has presented several series for New York’s classical station, 96.3 FM WQXR, including annual live broadcasts from Tanglewood.