About Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein (pronounced "BERN-steen", IPA: [ˈbɜːɹnstiːn]) (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an Academy and two-time Golden Globe award winning American film score composer. Bernstein was born in New York City, NY, United States. During his childhood he performed professionally as a dancer and an actor and won several prizes for his painting. He gravitated toward music by his own choice at the age of twelve, at which time he was given a scholarship in piano by Henriette Michelson, a Juilliard teacher who guided him throughout his entire career as a pianist.