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Leonard Bernstein was a game changer, and a rule breaker. Pianist Lara Downes says the impact he's had on American music over the past 100 years is incomparable.

"Everything that he did he did absolutely from the heart. I think that his life in music and his life in the world were driven by passion and commitment, he was always driven by curiosity and always reaching further. That's to me really inspirational and I think that he ended up accomplishing something that's so big, that has so many different aspects to it. I think that every American musician I can think of looks to him for guidance in one way or another."