Lili Boulanger, the first woman to win the coveted Prix d’Rome from the Paris Conservatory, was a singer who also played piano, violin, cello and harp.
After she died at 24, her sister Nadia Boulanger—also a brilliant musician—spent her life promoting her sister’s works and becoming one of the most important teachers in the 20th century, counting Rochester’s David Diamond among her many students.
Here Leonard Bernstein congratulates Nadia Boulanger, after she became the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a full concert.
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