Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer, and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, together with her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, created a spontaneous, ebullient household that turned Jamie into a lifelong cultural enthusiast.
Replicating her father’s compulsion to share and teach, Jamie has devised several ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music. In addition to “The Bernstein Beat,” a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts, she has also written and narrated concerts about Mozart and Copland, among others. As a concert narrator, Jamie has appeared everywhere from Beijing to Caracas to Vancouver. In addition to her own scripted narrations, she also performs standard concert narrations, such as Walton’s Facade, Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait and her father’s Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish.” As a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted numerous shows for radio stations in the United States as well as for BBC Radio 3 in Great Britain. In addition to hosting several seasons of the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts, she has presented various series for New York’s classical station, 96.3 WQXR FM, including annual live broadcasts from Tanglewood. Jamie’s articles and poetry have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Town & Country, and Gourmet. She is a devoted mom to her two children, Francisca and Evan.